China Heart – Discover the art of Sydney’s Chinatown with a game app

Posted filed under Australia, Mobile.

Finally a playful app to discover art in the real world which is not just another picture gallery. Interactive design and gameplay are still brothers and they work together really well.

From the China Heart Homepage: “China Heart is an interactive love story and mystery that combines GPS technology with real world art and architecture to explore Sydney’s Chinatown. Participants unravel a mystery, solving video and real life clues while following a walking tour guided by the app’s GPS technology. Starting at the Golden Mouth Water Sculpture, cnr Sussex and Hay Sts, Haymarket and culminating at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, players visit significant locations in Sydney’s Chinatown and learn about the history of Chinese Australians from the 19th century to the present.

Download the app to piece together the puzzle of Lian’s family’s past. Have fun using your iPhone to unravel a labyrinth of video clues, oral histories, soundscapes and historic re-enactments as you hunt and search through the streets and laneways of Sydney’s Chinatown.

Launched in conjunction with the 2011 City of Sydney Chinese New Year events, CHINA HEART derives its inspiration from artefacts in the Powerhouse Museum Collection. These objects, digitised and integrated into a contemporary love story, play a vital role in China Heart’s journey of discovery.

During the Year of the Rabbit celebrations (January 28 – February 13, 2011) China Heart included a display of the real world artefacts at the Powerhouse Museum, a photographic installation in Albion Place and a performance of Chinese Opera at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour. To view this material click here.

China Heart continues to entertain and enthral audiences today.”

Download the app for free over here.

The app was made by d/Lux/MediaArts from lovely Lilyfield in Oz.