A canoe built by Isaiah and Annie Roberts, and which was featured as part of Shared Space's presentation at the Canadian Craft Federation's Ten Digit Technology conference in March 2020, has been returned to the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Shannon Boklaschuk has written article about the canoe's return, which was facilitated in large part by Shared Spaces Development Team member Terry Clark.
The first digital Nuit Blanche Eve launched Friday, October 2nd. A partnership between Nuit Blanche Saskatoon and Shared Spaces, the event showcases the work of 10 USask students and also serves as the first public user test for the still-in-development Shared Spaces app. Links to download a test version of the app for iPhone and Android, and view the Nuit Blanche Eve artworks, are available here.
From April to May, 2020, our User Engagement Team developed prototypes for the Shared Spaces service. Employing service design methodology, they developed journey maps and storyboards for each of our personas, using these to understand how people would come to know about and use Shared Spaces. From this understanding, they worked with Professor Lisa Birke to wireframe and develop the user interface for the app itself. We asked them to reflect on this process. Excerpts from their reflections are below.
We worked with Saskatchewan artist Ruth Cuthand, developing Augmented Reality content for two of her pieces that she presented at the Canadian Crafts Federation’s Ten Digit Technology conference, which took place in Saskatoon in March, 2020.
Our Project Manager, Michael Peterson, was invited to present as part of the Building Digital Communities panel for the Canadian Craft Federation's Ten Digit Technology Conference, which was held in Saskatoon March 4th to 7th, 2020. He spoke about our design process, what we have learned from contributors across the province, and our initial project directions in response.
Video of Michael's presentation is available at: https://youtu.be/4RKS2QSpuMg.
As part of our project, Shared Spaces has been working on developing an augmented reality (AR) application. We are currently in the prototyping phase, learning and observing how members from our communities respond to this type of technology. For those unfamiliar with how AR works, here is a brief explanation: Upon opening an AR app, the user first scans a “trigger”. This can be a photograph, scanned image, QR code - basically any digital image file that is visually unique. The app reads this trigger and activates some other form of content; this can be a video, animation, link, etc.
I traveled up north within Saskatchewan to La Ronge to meet with a group of individuals who are either artists who work in various forms of mediums, or who enjoy taking some part in the arts. This was the first group to experiment with the Augmented Reality (AR) artworks we displayed. At first, I was skeptical of whether this group would enjoy interacting with the AR, or if the whole process and experiencing AR was too challenging. They were skeptical at first, questioning why we chose the AR route, and whether technology should be the recommended platform we chose to view art.
I traveled to North Battleford for two design workshops. Driving to these workshops has been an excellent way to reflect on Saskatchewan’s need for new connections between artists and communities that are normally separated by time, money, and distance.
On a cold September afternoon, Michael Peterson and I drove the 200 kilometres northwest from Saskatoon up to Little Pine First Nation to give a workshop to get community input into shaping our art and technology project. Our project explores how technology can be used to enhance art experiences. When we arrived, a small gathering of local artists welcomed us into the community. Small talk ensued over bannock and warm drinks. I was surprised about how openly individuals talked about themselves and their art careers and the challenges they faced in order to create art in their community.
On the morning of Saturday, September 14th, I woke up with a start as the alarm went off. The first thing that came to my mind was the Shared Spaces workshop in Regina. We had been talking about and planning this workshop for weeks. We had prepared a worksheet of questions, two pages long. The workshop was supposed to begin at 2p.m. It started on time with 7 participants. Michael started the workshop by first introducing himself, followed by a round of introductions for participants. They had to tell their name, their job and how they are connected to the art world.