Embracing university life and beyond
Libby says she loved the vibrant and collaborative atmosphere in her course at RMIT.
“They create this environment in the studios where the students and lecturers work together on a lot of collaborative projects with ‘real world’ output,” she said.
“It’s an amazingly supportive and welcoming community where you meet many diverse and cool people.
“In second year, I was lucky to win a scholarship to Finland, where teams of international students worked to solve a challenge together.
“That was also a really interesting experience, especially because we didn’t speak the same language!”
Libby describes her current focus on playable cartography as using maps, location-based games, and GPS information to capture experiential data or autobiographical narratives of local people in an area.
The practice investigates how you can use these digital interfaces to embed in the locations and connect people without them coming into contact.
Five of her classmates have now joined forces as a collective, Orcha, and successfully pitched their playable cartography projects to galleries and events for next year.
“We’ll be involved in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria during Melbourne Design Week,” she said.
“We’re also enjoying working on a very exciting app that is expected to exhibit in Brisbane next year – but I am not allowed to disclose exact event details yet! It is a very exciting project to be involved in.
“Our app aims to help teach people about the importance of caring for the environment by virtually planting seeds in the gardens and caring for them as they grow.”
“It’s a really exciting time and I’m now looking forward to doing my PhD next year and working on these major exhibitions and events.”
Find out more about Libby Clarke’s work here.
Congratulations to RMIT’s Class of 2020. This year’s graduating class are like no other: strong, resilient, and inspired. RMIT is excited to welcome the graduates into our global alumni network, spanning more than 140 countries and 400,000 alumni.
Story: Kate Milkins