A project to encourage learning about energy with VR tools and training.
The *Ignite* project focuses on skills sharing and storytelling around the theme of energy – our energy in regards to our bodies and wellbeing as well as the practical aspects of energy use so we can better manage the cost and consumption of energy.
Our goal is to develop a series of workshops after we initially design the framework of VR world, which would be expanded through the engagement of workshop participants. Through sharing skills in a range of emerging technologies including virtual reality, the goal is to open up educational and behaviour change pathways for the group.
This project is for everyone who wants to learn about creating VR environments while also learning how to better manage energy costs and use. Our focus is on helping energy consumers broadly and especially through critical life events – leaving home for the first time, becoming parents and moving into retirement.
This project is aimed at helping people in a number of ways: to support and encourage skills and creativity, to help build connections across communities and to support and encourage better decision-making around energy use. If the pilot project is successful, we plan to roll out the workshop model to other communities in Australia and beyond. Regarding my personal career development – it will bring together my skills and experience in the arts with my other work experience in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
At the moment we have 4 projects on the go. So far we have been working on a separate project using VR and DNA titled “Journey of the Ancients” and we have shown this work in the UK, Norway and Latvia. For *Ignite* we have worked together to develop the workshop plan and to storyboard the VR concept. We have made connections with the Institute of Applied Ecology and have had initial meetings in Shepparton with Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative. We have one machine complete with software and hardware to create VR and need to purchase another machine so the project team can work independently as well as collaboratively online (as Josiah is based in NZ).
We need funding to buy computer hardware and VR setup so we can co-develop environments and also to have these tools available in the workshops.
All over the world!! Our goal is to work with communities everywhere to support energy ’empowerment’.
If the workshop model and VR experience is successful we plan to expand to other communities in Australia and beyond. The pilot workshop is not focused on raising funds as it would be free to participants. In subsequent workshops we would consider how to make it financially viable as an educational program as well as a VR game. Personally speaking, I would also be expanding on my technical skills and knowledge about educating people about energy in a different context through the use of VR.
My Skills: I have been active as a media artist, project manager and art/sci educator for over 20 years.
My Skills: VR,Software development,Teaching