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Hidden Creature Gallery


Workshop and/or Activation, Photography, Motion Capture, Animation, AR

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Recommended age 5+

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Kids create their own moving, speaking creatures using motion capture technology!


Art and technology collide with participation and imagination in Hidden Creature Gallery. Children work with Arena's professional artists to create and ‘hide’ their own animated creatures using Augmented Reality technology. 


In workshops, children take photographs of interesting items or features of the location, then the image is transformed into an animated, digital creature. Together we write a short biography of the creature to tell its unique story, then using motion capture technology, the children animate their character with their own voice and movement.

After the workshops we hide the creatures using Augmented Reality so that visitors to the gallery or space (including the children themselves) can hunt for the creatures, using their smart devices, across the duration of the event.

Since it's 2019 premiere, we have observed how, through this digital engagement, Hidden Creature Gallery can deepen children's appreciation and enthusiasm for the museum/gallery/venue experience.

Hidden Creature Gallery has toured to schools, festivals and performing arts venues including:

  • Castlemaine State Festival

  • Warrandyte Festival

  • Bendigo Easter Festival

  • DreamBIG Adelaide

  • Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

  • Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

  • The Round, Nunawading

  • Mornington’s Drift Festival

  • Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre's Arty Farty Party

  • Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum

Extended installations at:

  • The Starlight Express Room at the Monash Children’s Hospital

  • The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


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