At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

Our foyer is open today 10am–5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

XR Hackathon Showcase

XR Hackathon Showcase

PICA presents six new locally developed works by Perth-based artists. Created over a four day Hackathon event as part of PICA’s partnership with Frame Labs and Immerse Australia. These works present the exciting visions of artists working with AR, VR and 360 video for the first time. The new works explore a range of ideas, from the native flora of the Southwest and experiments with shadows to the religious and spiritual power of talismans.

Borne out of a desire to provide artists, performers and other creatives with the technology and resources to explore XR, the projects developed throughout the Hackathon will be presented at PICA as part of the XR:WA Festival, running 15–18 September.

Join us Saturday 17 September, to hear from a selection of the artists from PICA’s Hackathon program at our XR Hackathon Works in Progress – Artist Talks. 

About the Artists

Selected Artists

Alisa Blakeney (she/her)

Nazerul Ben-Dzulkefli (he/him)

Shanti Gelmi (she/her)

Judith Huang (she/her)

Sam Huxtable (they/he)

Julie Ziegenhardt (she/her)

Immerse Australia

Immerse Australia is a national not-for-profit member association for business, research and education organisations and individuals that are interested in immersive technologies. Our wide-ranging membership includes software, hardware, products and services related to Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), eXtended Reality (XR), 360 video and immersive technologies. We are committed to representing, promoting and supporting the immersive technology sector in Australia.

Natalie Marinho – Lead Producer, Voyant Augmented Reality

Natalie is a Designer, Producer and Artist working in Augmented Reality (AR). She is Founder of Voyant Augmented Reality, a Fremantle-based studio creating bespoke AR experiences for social impact projects and creative industries. She believes that immersive technologies represents the next major shift in human computer interaction and is particularly interested in how AR can be used to enhance user experience and develop new modes of political and artistic expression. With a diverse background including digital content, gamification, and international aid, Natalie is a regular speaker and panelist on technology, games and augmented reality. She is Chair of Immerse Australia and a committee member of DesignFreo. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in International Relations.

 Justin McArdle – XR Bootcamp Facilitator, Co-Founder of Frame Labs

Justin McArdle is an award-winning producer/director with over 20 years of expertise in transmedia production. After training in Interactive and Broadcast Media at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Justin relocated to Australia from London and established Frame Labs with Gareth Lockett, to become an award-winning immersive media production company, specialising in interactive media, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). He has produced Time Window (2014), an AR project and winner of a 2014 Western Australian State Heritage Award, the short film Factory 293 (2014), winner of three WASA awards for Best Editing, Best SFX, and Best Production Design, ANZAC Tom AR (2015), winner of an INCITE award, Diggers VR (2015), a 2017 VR Fest nominee, and Is Australia Racist? VR (2016) developed for SBS television, in addition to working with indigenous writer/director Tyson Mowarin and acclaimed VR artist Stuart ‘Sutu’ Campbell on Thalu: Dreamtime is Now.


The PICA Hackathon has been supported by a Sector Development Grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.











Image: Dan Grant