I'm a Research Fellow and Digital Media Advisor at The University of Melbourne and Science Gallery Melbourne. I have a keen interest in investigating democratic use of technology in public space. I conduct design research to uncover design parameters that stimulate activation, participation and engagement with technology.
The current global refugee crisis creates novel opportunities for technology to support interaction between refugees and members of their host communities. In this paper, we describe the design and evaluation of Stories of Exile, an interactive media architecture installation that depicted the displacement of refugees onto the facade of a refugee shelter. We report on the involvement of refugees in a participatory design process and the subsequent in-the-wild field study.
Our analysis provides insight into the qualities of hyperlocal media architecture, in terms of (a) inviting community participation, (b) displaying compelling and socially relevant narratives, and (c) stimulating dialogue between communities.