Sarah Kenderdine

The immersive view: embodied experiences of cultural data.

This presentation gives an overview of new paradigms for articulating and enlivening archives as embodied museum experiences. Since the advent of location based entertainment as early as the 17th century (typified by all manner of optical devices, magic lanterns, various phantasmagorias, cabinets des curieux, wunderkammern, panoramic rotundas and kaiserpanorama, through to cinema, OmniMax, IMAX and beyond!), new technologies have inspired museums to explore new forms of cinematographic and video narratives, the opening of experimental acoustic spaces, and the shifting of artistic, scientific and curatorial praxis inside the ‘machines’ themselves, all driven by the desire for public engagement. Our cultural institutions are also seeking to develop new apparatus of experience (both software and hardware) for which there was no former demand, and engineer new stages for participatory performance never before conceived. This talk encourages museums to act as applied laboratories, nodes of experimentation for the cultural imaginary of our times. Using heterogeneous datasets representing intangible and tangible heritage, this talk unpacks several of the works seen by participants of the Future Culture conference. Break-out to the World War 1 data visualization ECloud (2012) and the Pure Land Augmented Reality Edition (2012) to experience Cave 220 at Dunhuang at 1:1 scale.

Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment

Pure Land Augmented Reality Edition



Sarah KenderdineDr. Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In widely exhibited 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 is a pioneer in panoramic and stereoscopic display systems and content creation. Her current focus is on visual analytics for large-scale heterogeneous cultural datasets and new modalities for interpretation of tangible/intangible heritage. Dr. Kenderdine concurrently holds the position of Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Australia and is Visiting Assoc. Prof. Director of the Research Centre for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (iGLAM) and Director of Research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University, Hong Kong.

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