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Brett Leavy – Virtual Songlines – A Digital Warrior

Brett Leavy is the founder of Virtual Songlines, an indigenous artist, immersive heritage specialist, and he best describes his project as a virtual time machine.  Virtual Songlines is a role-play based cultural survival game using a software toolkit to record the authentic cultural heritage stories of Australia’s First Nations.

The virtual reality games immerse players within a uniquely designed authentic cultural heritage landscape that can be localised at any Australian capital city or regional town across Australia.

Each player must learn to survive in a natural landscape. They learn this by understanding the natural environment, reading the signs in land, listening to their traditional custodians and Elders that they encounter, follow their advice and adhere to the customary lores and customs of the First Nations People.  Lessons learnt and which have survived since time immemorial.

His most recognised exhibit ‘Sydney Cove’ was on show at Customs House in Circular Quay.  The experience gave the user a virtual experience of how Sydney Cove appeared before the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

Brett is changing the way we learn about our history through an arts, culture, language and knowledge based experience.  Go to his website to learn more.



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  1. Catherine van Wilgenburg on October 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I attended your presentation at Artlands in Bendigo last week and found you the best presentation in the whole conference because:
    1) Aligned with future technology, getting real about future communication channels, connecting wiht the land in my own backyard through Wurundjeri game
    2)Full of hope and moral compass – you’re obviously not just after money and you are a holy warrior!! You are giving me hope for the future in healing the past!
    3) You see the critical process of healing the past by knowing and using the new technology to your advantage by having the wisdom of knowing the laws /lore of this land.
    4) Your spirituality is bright and clear in knowing and practising your sacred knowledge while living in the present struggle of ongoing colonialism by global and national corporate interests
    5) Your artworks/games are powerful methods of opening vulnerable minds to the real black Australian history through immersion into the soul of the viewer through geographic verity, animated Indigenous cultural practices, white shadowed buildings / culture / colonisation. Better than books, better than TV because the viewer is in control rather than being talked at and shown!
    Enough for now1
    I would be privileged to work to further this work. I am a Visual artist and have establishes my own business Living Colour Studio at www.
    Take a look at the Gallery section and Commissioned artworks to see some of the projects I have initiated and participated in as well as viewing my CV.

  2. Felipe on January 28, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!

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