Dr Betty Sargeant

PhD, BA, B.Ed.

Research ~ Lecturer
Media and Communication
Centre for Game Design Research
RMIT University
Research Expertise
Branding, Corporate Communications, Strategic Design
Biography
Dr Betty Sargeant is an award-winning artist and designer. Her work focuses on how art and technology can help people be more socially and physically engaged.Betty is currently artist-in-residence at the Exertion Games Lab (RMIT University, Australia), where she is developing a series of new media artworks. Betty was the Melbourne Knowledge Fellow (2015-17); she was artist-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre (Korea, 2016); and she won the 2016 Consensus Innovation Award in recognition of her progressive digital technology work.

Betty most recent work The Playground was exhibited at the ACT Festival (South Korea, 2017). A prototype of The Playground was featured at Melbourne Knowledge Week and in conjunction with the Ararat Regional Art Gallery (2017).

As a part of her Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship Betty developed The Storytelling Machine. This interactive media artwork had its debut at the Asia Culture Centre (Korea, 2016). The Storytelling Machine instantly transforms the public’s drawings into animated  characters that roam video footage that is projected onto exhibition walls. The work was also exhibited at Geelong After Dark in May 2017.

In 2015 Betty was the concept developer and scriptwriter on a virtual reality location-based game for the automotive company Audi, Europe. She was the artistic director of the Melbourne Moomba Parade, a feature of Australia’s largest community arts event. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia. Her award-winning story app How Far is Up? is available on the App Store.

Betty’s PhD was ranked top three at the CHASS Prize (Council of Humanities Arts and Social Science, 2015). She has academic publications and regularly speaks at public events.

For more information visit: www.bettysargeant.com

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Industry Experience
  • Independent App Developer
  • Wrote, illustrated, animated and programmed the iPad app “How Far is UP?” (Demibook Storytime 2014)
  • Wrote, illustrated and designed the children’s ebooks “Wayne Boris Carlo” (UTales 2011) and “RED” (uTales 2012)
  • Committee Member for Society of Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • Member of Illustrators Australia
  • Member of Australian Society of Authors

Awards and Citations

  • Finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Design Awards