Exciting hologram technology will be used in a workshop that is part of Westmead Redevelopment’s Arts and Culture Strategy development process.
Staff, community members and patients are invited to attend one of two free workshops at Westmead Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Workshop participants will receive instructions on, and then use, devices and software which will turn video and photos into holograms.
The hologram technology and workshops concept is the brainchildren of BOP Industries, a Brisbane-based company, run by a group of young entrepreneurs, specialising in holographic projects. The group have run ‘Film Your Own Hologram’ workshops at the World Science Festival and run workshops to get school children excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The hologram device, shaped like an upside-down pyramid, sits above a mobile tablet. The device interacts with custom-made software, which adapts video or photos into the hologram, and displays it on the pyramid.
“We need an arts and culture approach at Westmead that reflects our people,” said director Redevelopment redesign and transformation Carla Edwards.
“Our goal is to create a building that everyone feels welcome and safe and is a wonderful place to receive and provide care. By engaging with patients, families, staff, students and visitors in different ways we’re hoping to build a strategy that will deliver on that” she said.
The intention of the workshop is to use the technology to harness ideas and stories, in relation to what people think is important for arts and culture initiatives at Westmead. These ideas will influence the development of the Westmead Redevelopment Arts and Culture Strategy - which is being developed between July and November 2017.
The Strategy will guide decisions around the commissioning and purchase of artworks for the central acute services building, which opens in 2020. A number of opportunities for artworks have been identified for indoor and outdoor spaces including immediately outside the new building, inside waiting areas and patient lounges, and patient treatment and consultation areas.
The Strategy will also guide decisions around arts and cultural programs that could be run inside or around the new building and throughout the Westmead precinct. For example, preventative health campaigns targeted towards high-risk community groups could be run in the outdoor spaces at the front of the new building.
The workshops are free to attend. If you miss the workshops, and would like to contribute to the Westmead Redevelopment Arts and Culture Strategy, please contact us to find out other opportunities and events.
This video shows the hologram technology which will be used in the workshop. Footage was from the World Science Festival 2017, held in Brisbane.