Art imitates life in world first virtual gallery

In a world-first, Australian students will participate in a national face-to-face exhibition of their major artworks, without leaving their four separate states.


  1. The project takes the concept of ‘immersive art’ to a mind-blowing next level using cutting edge technology iSee™ to create a virtual art gallery as close as possible to the real thing.

    “iSee leverages Cloud technology to bring people together from wherever they may be in the world to virtually interact in scenarios that are as close to real life as possible,” said Jessica Sullivan, iSee Client Business Innovation Leader.

    “In this instance we have created a gallery in the Cloud, where students can gather to discuss their artistic skills, ideas and values.”

    Like any physical gallery, the immersive gallery features vast, white walled rooms adorned with art. Gallery visitors can wander throughout, pause to appreciate individual pieces and discuss works with those around them.

    “Galleries are people places where art is the focus of discussion. iSee enables people to mingle with others in this virtual ‘cloud gallery’ in a very natural way to get the most of the gallery experience” said Ms Sullivan.

    Participants who enter the iSee gallery appear as a ‘me-vatar’. Like avatars in online gaming, ‘mevatars’ represent the user in a virtual space. However while avatars are typically an alter-ego or fantasy character, mevatars stream the user’s webcam into an immersive setting in real time, enabling authentic face-to-face interactions.

    This sophisticated technology can stream more than 50 webcams in iSee where they can move around, form groups, converse and share content. Point-sensitive hearing means that despite multiple gallery patrons having multiple conversations, users will only hear conversations within earshot, just as in the real world.

    Ian Quartermaine (Manager - “Transforming the Education Digital Supply Chain ((TtEDSC) project) says that, “iSee takes its place amongst other broadband technology platform services and is made possible by the federally funded BEESS program. It allows collaboration between remote and sometimes disadvantaged schools.”

    “iSee is an innovative collaboration platform. The ability for students and teachers to collaborate nationally in a rich visual and auditory “world” with a variety of tools, is a significant driver for this initiative,” said Mr Quartermaine.

    Schools sharing their major artworks are as follows:

    St Luke’s Grammar School (NSW)
    Nambour Christian College (QLD)
    Saint Stephen’s College (QLD)
    Emmanuel & Calvin Christian School (TAS)
    Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School (WA)

    The iSee platform was developed by Smart Services CRC in collaboration with researchers from the University of Wollongong ICT research group, and is being commercialised through iSee VC Pty Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Smart Services CRC Pty Ltd.

    Please contact Jessica Sullivan from iSee on 0407 758 080 for interviews or further information.
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