UNSW's Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC) has been established with the support of visionary donor Mr Michael Crouch, Chairman of Midgeon Holdings with the exciting purpose of bringing together original student thinkers, leading entrepreneurs and industry partners to unearth and foster fresh talent.
Recently teams from UNSW Art & Design and the MCIC have been working collaboratively developing a dynamic program of exhibitions, design-led workshops, competitions and keynote talks from design entrepreneurs for students, staff and public.
Building on this period of intensive rollout, road testing and experimentation by students from across the university the next chapter in the Centre's existence begins when it is officially launched by the Governor of New South Wales His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) on 17 September with a reception drawing together representatives from across Sydney's innovation sector and the university.
The opening also marks the international premiere of ultra-high-resolution DomeLab, an immersive, 3D, audio-visual experience initiated by UNSW Art & Design.
DomeLab is an awe-inspiring, immersive 6-metre wide projection environment, which will premiere a specially curated selection of 16 art, science and technology sequences programmed for the MCIC launch.
An Australia-first platform for innovative full-dome research, DomeLab pioneers cutting-edge interactive visualisations driven by eight projectors in concert with a surround audio system. It is the highest resolution touring full-dome in the world. The platform will be used to advance new frontiers for UNSW research in diverse areas of medical visualisation, interactive media, future museology and experimental humanities projects.
DomeLab's design and installation was led by Art & Design’s Professor Sarah Kenderdine who has only just returned from China showcasing immersive technology at the World Economic Forum. Fully transportable, DomeLab is supported by a grant from Australia Research Council in collaboration with 10 other organisations and will tour internationally over the next five years.