AIE takes you to 2113

AIE takes you to 2113

AIE takes you to 2113


If my weekend project goes to plan, I will successfully be able to transfer my consciousness to the cloud and become immortal. If however I am unsuccessful, I fear that I will be unable to witness what the National Arboretum will look like in 100 years. Some of the teachers at AIE have a backup plan and have created a glimpse into the future in association with the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

The National Arboretum is a collection of living trees, cultivated for conservation, scientific research and educational purposes in Canberra. Having only opened to the public in February 2013 it will be some time until we are able to see the arboretum in all its glory. CMAG reached out to AIE to help bring a vision of the arboretum in the year 2113 to life, so that it could be experienced by young and old today.

Dean Walshe, lead artist on the project brought to life the environment, including the Wollemi Pine, which was only known previously through fossil. Living Wollemi were first discovered in 1994, with the National Arboretum home to the largest cultivated living collection in the world . Fossils of the Wollemi Pine date back 200 million years. Dean also created the exhibitions remotely controlled drones that visitors can use to explore the 2113 vision of the arboretum.

Pictured above: Development of the 2113 exhibition in Unity 3D

The collaboration also saw Incubator Program developer Evil Aliens lending their lead programmer Duncan Henderson to programming the remotely controlled drones. Visitors will be able to take control of the drones using some very familiar technology, an Xbox 360 controller.

‘2113: A Canberra Odyssey’ will be on exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Galley from July 13 – November 3, 2013 for more information please visit http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/