Brisbane culture fanatics rejoice! Experiences that indulge all the senses have arrived as part of the G20 cultural celebrations. The G20 Leaders Summit is to be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, with the cultural festivities kicking off today. They will showcase all that Brisbane has to offer with a wide mix of events and installations including music, dance, theatre and multimedia projections.
A recent invitation to a coding workshop gave me a fearful flashback to a data analysis lecture. In this class I was trying to comprehend something that was foreign, complex, and, to me, useless. I didn’t know the first thing about coding, and with my chosen field being creative writing, I naively assumed I wouldn’t have to come across this digital complexity.
Wearables are on the precipice of fundamentally changing our lives; much like the cellphone did a decade ago.
Wearables can be defined as small, portable, mobile and wireless technologies and devices worn ‘on’, ‘near’ or ‘in’ the body and give rise to a previously unimaginable level of data about ourselves and our environment. By their very nature they are intimate with the capacity to track, record, manage, diagnose and respond to our body and personal context, thus radically changing the way we work, socialise, connect and communicate.
Does digital communication connect or isolate audiences? Do we fully understand the psychological impacts smartphones have on society? Is corporate social responsibility being co-opted by big business and the political elite? And do demonstrations in Hong Kong represent anti-China sentiment, or are they part of a larger class struggle?