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Memory of the World in Canberra, 12 Nov


Date: 27 October 2016

Two of our researchers have their experimental work featured in a new exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Nick Thieberger and Rachel Hendery have been using virtual reality technology to share archival language recordings from the Pacific.

Their part of the exhibition includes a Virtual Reality experience developed by new media artist and creative developer Andrew Burrell, which allows the user of the user of the technology to "fly" from island to island in the Pacific, listening to real archival recordings of speech and song. 

Notebooks and a map in the display will also reveal extra multimedia dimensions when an iPad is held up to them, for example, allowing visitors to hear the lines of a fieldwork notebook read aloud by the original research participant. This is a technology referred to as Augmented Reality.

This exhibition is an opportunity to learn about the long history Canberra shares with the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme for safeguarding documentary heritage. UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992. Impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world and the importance to safeguard and share in new ways, what remains. 

This exhibition is set to challenge your understanding of what a ‘document’ is in a display that includes film, music and dance, oral history and digital media.

The Exhibition runs from November 12 to March 19 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit & Civic Square, Canberra City. The Virtual Reality part of the exhibit will run 12–5pm all the opening weekend (and at other times when staffed). There’s also a floor talk on preservation and access by PARADISEC personnel on Thursday 16 March (1-2pm).

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University