Curious Creatures and Feeding Frenzy at Light Creatures – Illuminate Adelaide at Adelaide Zoo

Monkeystack produced two interactive projection-based installations for Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo as a part of Illuminate Adelaide, inviting South Australia to experience nature in a new light.

We are proud to be Illuminate Adelaide program partners, with Light Creatures kicking off the festival’s inaugural year in style.

Curious Creatures and Feeding Frenzy were two of the six installations at home in Adelaide Zoo as part of a wider collaboration with giant glowing lanterns and winter warmer food and drink stalls, giving South Australians something to get out of the house and excited about over the winter.

Our ‘Curious Creatures’ birds, co-created by Jimy McGilchrist, that fed out of your hand or took a snap if you came on too strong and ‘Feeding Frenzy’, developed as part of the ‘It’s Complicated’ exhibition at MOD.  (who generously allowed it to be used at Light Creatures), the school of fish that are always one step ahead of the kids who attempted tirelessly to catch one, saw children and adults alike discovering the joys of interacting to the point where you forget this isn’t a real-life creature in front of you.

The City of Adelaide asked us to produce a festive AR experience as a fun, engaging and highly accessible single point of digital contact between Adelaide’s Christmas Festival and visitors to the City of Adelaide.

We created a trail of 14 City of Adelaide Christmas Festival locations, from North Adelaide to the Christmas Village at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square), and developed it into a gamified AR experience that visitors to the city could easily download to their smartphones and see and play in Adelaide through festive-tinted glasses.

Adelaide Christmas Cracker Trail pillars were installed at each location, complete with QR codes to download the app to iOS and Android devices, unique in-app scannable codes, and ground detection and decal alignment technology to take the user through an augmented reality experience based upon the festive event planned at each location.

The user (big or small) can play with pulling digital crackers, popping baubles and enjoying the jokes, facts and games within, utilizing face-tracking technology to create fun, bespoke selfies to save and share, and interacting with their surroundings via the phone screen – from decorating Adelaide’s Giant Christmas Tree, posting a Christmas letter at the Town Hall, seeing Santa back on Grote St, or taking part in a rubber duck race that appears in the Rymill Park pond.

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Flinders University College of Education, Psychology & Social Work commissioned Monkeystack to develop their anti-bullying P.E.A.C.E Pack intervention into a modern and engaging program as a part of the charity-first collaboration between Breakthrough Foundation and Little Heroes Foundation.

To give a little background on the beginnings of this project: The P.E.A.C.E. Pack, in its paper form, has been widely implemented and evaluated by teachers, students, principals, parents and school administrators from early childhood settings to secondary schools in Australia and internationally since it was pioneered in 2001.
The intervention is built from the P.E.A.C.E acronym: Preparation, Education, Action, Coping and Evaluation.

We produced a series of animations and a range of online content for the Little Breakthrough Heroes: Big Talks For Little People children’s mental health initiative, which supports children in the classroom and playground, as key resources within an educational program structured of eight weekly modules. Each module provides tools and resources to help with resilience, anti-bullying and opening up conversation on emotions, designed to be delivered by teachers or on a student self-help basis, highlighting the message that “Mental illness affects everyone… including children”.

Our collaboration with Michael Cusack and Princess Pictures for Koala Man was just the beginning. YOLO Crystal Fantasy is the next chapter, and with the series being commissioned by Adult Swim, part of the giant Cartoon Network in the US, what a chapter it is. It is the first time that Adult Swim has commissioned a series outside of the US!

This time around, Justin Wight (Monkeystack Director) Co-Produced the series and Monkeystack put together a team of 19 to produce the 8 x 10min episodes for the first season. We think that it’s one of the largest 2D animated series ever produced in South Australia.

For over 10 months, our talented team produced the series that follows the surreal misadventures of friends Rachel and Sarah as they traverse the strange land that is Australia. (Sarah attempts to look for social acceptance and love while Rachel wants nothing but partying and chaos.)

It premiered on Sunday, August 9 at midnight US ET/PT on Adult Swim. You can check out the whole series if you’re clever (or in the US!).

Content Warning. The series is rated TV14LV in the US so not suitable for children under 14.

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When it comes to representing people living with disability, the personification of life and characteristics in a genuine manner is a step forward for all, rather than disassociating and detracting from reality. We believe animation can be the ultimate tool to demonstrate this, delivering a message understood and appreciated by a diverse audience.

Monkeystack have been working with Community Living Australia to produce a series of animated explainer videos on the topic ‘Abuse is Not OK’ to be presented in lived experience workshops and used as valuable user resources across their website and YouTube page.

The 7 animated chapters are easily accessible for their clients to watch, relate to and understand on a human level, as they are taken through subjects including ‘Understanding Human Rights’ and ‘Keeping Money Safe’.

Our work manifests Community Living Australia’s core value of integrity: their mission to deliver high quality services and provide a strong voice for people with disability to accomplish their life goals was communicated through being open, honest and embracing diversity in a very deliberate way.

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CH4 Global commissioned Monkeystack to produce an animated series that tell the story of their fascinating work in combatting climate change through a particular seaweed – Asparagopsis Armata.

Together with other grazing animals, cows contribute about 40% of the annual methane gas level towards global warming. Australian researchers found that Asparagopsis has the ability to reduce this level of production by up to 95% when just 1% is mixed with feed.

The animations, delivered as chapters of a story, are resources on CH4 Global’s website, bringing an engaging and educational message to life. With a particular focus on Australia and New Zealand, the native home of Asparagopsis, the chapters cover The Trouble with Methane, Why Asparagopsis Seaweed is So Special and Creating a World Saving Industry.

CH4 Global’s methane-busting project is supported by South Australian Landing Pad, which Monkeystack are proud to be approved suppliers on.

The findings of Asparagopsis research have led the South Australian Government to recently announce their support of the establishment of a commercial seaweed industry with the east Point Pearce intertidal aquaculture zone and the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation (NNAC), within South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

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Monkeystack was commissioned by the University of South Australia Museum of Discovery (MOD.) to bring to life an exhibit conceptualised and scripted by Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer, a Kaurna cultural bearer, artist and community leader.

The exhibit at the entrance to MOD. is presented on the Street Gallery Touch Screens – a  video wall of ten 55” HD touchscreens mounted side-by-side in portrait orientation to provide a seamless 10800×1920 pixel Windows desktop. The screens offer 32 simultaneous points of touch across the entire surface so multiple people can play, discover and learn at the same time.

It’s a truly stunning canvas to tell a magnificent story of the seasons from the perspective of Indigenous Australians – our first scientists and astronomers.

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Monkeystack were chartered by the crew at the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC), an Australian Government Initiative, to produce a series of animated videos for their ‘Create Your Future’ social campaign aimed at attracting specific roles within the shipbuilding industry.

NSC support their candidates with advice, training and upskilling, linking job seekers directly to identified openings throughout the supply chain – where opportunities on water and home soil being as open and vast as the ocean itself.

Each of the 30-second videos feature a specific call to action in simple yet effective naval telegraph communication style text alongside nautical inspired graphics and radar designs – ensuring focus is captured, maintained and viewer’s minds are opened to a career in one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world alongside the space industry.

The first of the videos received over 68k views, so safe to say all hands are on deck!

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Adelaide locals Nation asked us to produce an animated video for their client, the Australian Space Discovery Centre. The video was created to welcome visitors to the newly opened centre in Lot Fourteen.

The Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of the space workforce with stories of innovation, curiosity and technology.

It offers a place for the community to meet and explore the latest innovations in space technologies. This is where you can learn about Australia’s role in expanding national and international space activities.

We took inspiration from the infinite curiosity that space offers, taking you on a journey beyond Earth and back again. The charm of clean lines and the use of the Australian Space Discovery Centre’s signature bold colours goes hand in hand with the 80s video-game style, making us the real Space Invaders.

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