Sandpit is a creative digital studio based in both Melbourne and Adelaide. As a digital studio, Sandpit creates physical, tactile projects that exist in the real world. We create self-produced digital artworks and collaborate with others from fellow artists and cultural institutions to brands and film and television to make projects for people to engage with the real world.
In 2012 we created I, Animal – a large scale, after-hours, interactive audio tour of the Melbourne Zoo. In 2013 we spoke at Transmedia Hollywood at UCLA and created Dial-A-Story, an interactive storytelling phone booth for Penguin Books. In 2014 we worked with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation to create MY:24 – an award-winning app released in conjunction with their TV series of the same name. In 2015 we created Sour Times, for Telstra and SummerSalt Festival Melbourne which was an interactive adventure through Southbank. In 2016 we worked with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney to make Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid – an immersive digital experience for ghosts. This work also evolved into a virtual reality experience subsequently acquired by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. In 2016 we also created The Democracy Machine for History SA which gives museum visitors the opportunity to participate in the democratic process using a unique, take-home digital interaction. In 2017 we are continuing to work with Google’s Creative Lab, Museum Vic, the State Library of NSW and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on immersive, participatory digital projects that continue to push the boundaries.
Dan Koerner is creative director at Sandpit. Dan has a background in directing unusual projects for film and theatre including Disappearance (2007) and I Am Not An Animal (2012) for the Border Project, Take Me There (2011) for Restless Dance and his short film If I Dance Will It Keep Me Warm (2011) which was an official entry in the Melbourne International Film Festival in the same year. He was previously creative director at PLOT Media where he directed short films, music videos, TV commercials and interactive projects until 2012. At Sandpit he has co-directed works for Penguin Books, Google’s Creative Lab, Museum Vic, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the immersive, after hours experience I, Animal in 2012 for Melbourne Zoo. In 2017 he co-directed Eyes, an interactive audio tour about the apocalypse using custom, Sandpit designed audio devices. He continues to make immersive interactive experiences with Sandpit for museums, galleries, theatres and in the real world.