Trace, Touch, Feel The Brisbane River

Exhibition and Shows

25 Mar 2021 to 28 Mar 2021 Once Only Event

Drone’s view stirs curiosity to discover Brisbane’s backyard and beyond

A ‘virtual joystick’ that allows viewers to feel, touch and trace the Brisbane river features in the latest artistic creation to be unveiled at QUT’s award-winning digital display, The Cube.

The installation is part of Curiocity Brisbane to celebrate Brisbane’s contribution to science, technology, innovation, and the arts.

The audience is invited to steer their own path in an odyssey that immerses them from the historical origins of Moreton Bay through the city’s centre to Wivenhoe Dam.

“It’s spatial art meets Steampunk and the Brisbane River,” says lead artist and co-creator Grania Kelly.

“Imagine virtually piloting your own journey with a Steampunk drone on a large screen and feeling a tingling sensation under your hand as you watch the landscape glide by.”

The tactile sensation is delivered through Ultrahaptics technology.

“As you pilot over landmarks, your funky steampunk drone morphs into a sophisticated drone-helicopter and you begin a 360-degree column landing,” Ms Kelly said.

“There are five destinations you can land in, each an immersive perspective on the interplay of how the river and natural environment has shaped the city.”

The documentary filmmaker and immersive storyteller of StarSapphire Productions worked with QUT’s Gavin winter and his Visualisation and Interactive Solutions for Engagement and Research team to develop the artwork which uses high-res satellite imagery.


Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet


Free Entry

Event Dates

Once Only Event

25 Mar 2021 to 28 Mar 2021

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