Updates from the Digital Collections Catalyst
After first spending time walking around the city, Keir began his research into post-colonial Brisbane’s urban story by looking at hundreds (maybe thousands) of maps. In this post, he discusses his findings from that research and analyses Brisbane’s patterns of mapping, new development and urban renewal.
Keir talked to the people of Brisbane, including urban designers, place-making experts, historians, artists, and academics. In this post, Keir discusses those conversations, the results of the project survey, and his plan for an interactive web interface to explore the maps of Brisbane’s history and create your own future vision for Brisbane.
About the project: Mapping future Brisbane
About the 2020 Digital Collections Catalyst
Dr. Keir Winesmith has been working at the intersection of digital, culture and place for the last two decades. He has created or collaborated on immersive and interactive cultural experiences in Australia, the U.S. and Europe, and in 2018 was named in Fast Company's '100 Most Creative in Business' for his work in this area. He currently leads a small strategic design agency and is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Art & Design.
Winesmith previously led the digital departments of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and in March 2020 published the book 'The Digital Future of Museums: Conversation and Provocations' with Dr. Suse Anderson.
Dr. Winesmith holds a Ph.D. in New Media, degrees in Computer Science and Physics. Keir, and his work, have been featured in the ABC, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, Radio NZ, WIRED magazine and many others.
About the residency
The Digital Collections Catalyst in Residence initiative aims to attract developers and creatives to support innovative and creative uses of our digital collections and collections data. We are interested in highly creative and experimental ideas that bring together technology with cultural heritage to inspire Queenslanders through State Library collections.
For more information, email CollectionsAsData@slq.qld.gov.au