Information Access Seminar

Cultural Data in the Age of Experience

Friday, February 27, 2015
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
107 South Hall
Sarah Kenderdine, University of New South Wales, and Jeffrey Shaw, City University of Hong Kong

This presentation examines new paradigms for transforming digital cultural heritage archives into embodied experiences for cultural organizations. Using heterogeneous datasets representing intangible and tangible heritage, the research described integrated groundbreaking work in new museology through virtual environment design, interactivity, information visualization, visual analytics, and data mining.

The discussion comprises a series of seminal installations and permanent exhibits including:

  • mARChive (2014) Museum Victoria’s data browser for 100,000 objects in 360-degree 3D, Melbourne.
  • Look up Bombay (2014) as a gigapixel dome work for the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai.
  • Pirates Scroll 360 (2013) & Pirates Scroll Navigator (2013), two treatments of a scroll painting, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong.
  • Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang (2012), Pure Land Augmented Reality Edition (2012) and Pure Land Unwired (2014) based on interactive facsimiles of the World Heritage Site, Dunhuang, China.
  • PLACE-Hampi (2006) and the new museum at Karnataka, India Kaladham (2012) based on the World Heritage Site, Hampi, India.
  • ECloud WW1 for Europeana (2012); a world touring exhibition representing 70,000 objects from the website in 3D.

Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In the last 10 years Kenderdine had produced over 60 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide. In these installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative. She concurrently holds the position of professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales Art | Design (2013—) and Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Australia (2003—). She is adjunct professor and director of research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University of Hong Kong and adjunct professor at RMIT.

Jeffrey Shaw (Hon.D.CM) has been a leading figure in new media art since the 1960′s. In a prolific oeuvre of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed works he has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media. Since 2009 he is chair professor of media art and dean of the School of Creative Media at City University Hong Kong, as well as director of the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment and Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media. Shaw is also visiting professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London, and the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing.

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March 26, 2015