Child of Now
A massively co-authored story about the next century and the most ambitious portrait of a city’s people ever created.
This project-in-development combines emerging virtual holographic and artificial intelligence technology with performances from 14,400 Victorians.
The urgent aim of this project is to create a once in a lifetime ritual for the people of Melbourne to speculate on the next century and consciously empathise with future generations who will inherit our society. I am asking people to imagine the next century through the eyes of a child born today.
Child of Now is being created in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne and has received development grants from City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and University of Melbourne.
Further details will be released as the project progresses. This page outlines the development of the project so far. If you would like to know more or would like to contribute, please get in touch!
a mesmerising immersive artwork – The Age
Case Study Video
Prototype 18-20 February 2022
Arts Centre Melbourne
A prototype of Child of Now presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and University of Melbourne
The Child of Now prototype is an ambitious, mixed-reality experience by artist Robert Walton with First Nations author and activist Claire G. Coleman. It combines original storytelling, animation, immersive sound design, built environments, and virtual reality from an extraordinary team of leading Australian artists.
Child of Now asks Melburnians to create, share and nurture a vision of the future for an imagined child born in 2022. We invited the first participants to engage with the prototype and make public contributions to the project through their interactions.
In this prototype installation participants journeyed through an audio-visual experience and had their ‘hologram’ captured and replayed in virtual reality. This is the first stage of a longer-term project which will gather thousands of 3D portraits and voices, via volumetric body scanning and interactive augmented reality technologies.
Child of Now is a free, interactive experience for one person at a time lasting approximately 25 minutes.
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Claire G Coleman and Robert Walton
Sound and Music Design
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
Volumetric capture system
Dr Andrew Irlitti (University of Melbourne), Professor Frank Vetere (University of Melbourne), and Associate Professor Thuong Hoang (Deakin University)
Featuring as the voice of I-ME
Uncle Jack Charles and Tahlee Fereday
Jax Jacki Brown
Public Art, Participation, XR, VR, Virtual Holograms, Immersion, Animation, Performance, Future
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Images above by Open Studio participants.