Posted March 27, 2015

Fed Square and Dandenong Outdoor Screens Link Live

The slow rhythmic moves of Tai Chi simultaneously stepped out in Fed Square and Dandenong Civic Square while streaming in real time on both urban screens at both locations.

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The activity was the first test of a new video conferencing system that links Melbourne’s city square with the civic square of the City of Dandenong in the south east through the outdoor screens.

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The success of the test now opens the doors to many new possibilities. The program teams of the two public spaces are conjuring up ideas for many call and response style games.

Perhaps a dance-off where a dancer in one location prompts the moves of a dancer in the other location or a competition of soccer kick up where players in both locations juggle a soccer ball until one player drops it.

Beyond gameplay, the technology can also be used as a portal of communication between the Melbourne city community and the City of Dandenong community. The outdoor screens at Fed Square has already proven to be a key communication tool for connection not only across states but internationally too. Fed Square previously engaged in a 5-year project with the University of Melbourne entitled, ‘Large Screens and the transnational Sphere’. The project involved several events that linked large, outdoor screens in Perth’s Northbridge Piazza, Arko Art Theatre in Seoul, Korea, with the Big Screen at Fed Square. The events involved activities such as the dance battle where dance moves where transmitted through each screen to guide the participants in the other public spaces. The levels of engagement and connectivity experienced by the participants were recorded, studied and findings were published online.

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