Escape from Woomera


If you thought escaping from Castle Wolfenstein was hard, try Woomera Immigration Reception and Processing Centre…  With a first person, 3D adventure game we invite gamers to assume the character of, and ‘live’ through the experiences of a modern day refugee. The effective media lock-out from immigration detention centers has meant that the whole truth about what goes on behind the razor-wire at Woomera, Baxter, Port Hedland, Maribyrnong and Villawood remains largely a mystery to the Australian public. We want to challenge this by offering the world a glimpse – more than that even: an interactive, immersive experience – of life within the most secretive and controversial places on the Australian political and geographical landscape. In this way, Escape From Woomera will be an engine for mobilizing experiences and situations otherwise inaccessible to an nation of disempowered onlookers. It will provide both a portal and a toolkit for reworking and engaging with what is otherwise an entirely mediated current affair.

Author (year of edition): Julian Oliver et. al., 2004

Address for: General public

Languages: English

Cost information: see on the website

For more information:

Keywords: refugee, education, tool, migrants, health, professionals, game, student, family