16.631 new things: a VR Odeon; People of the Rivermouth

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Sat Apr 19 2003 - 01:47:52 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 631.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 20:45:59 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: virtual reality reconstruction; ethnographic study

    Humanists will be interested in some of the latest work from Richard
    Beacham and colleagues at Warwick University. As you may know, Beacham &
    Co. have been using VR techniques for some time as a means of studying
    ancient and modern theatre. Their latest work is a reconstruction of the
    original Odeon, which shows that 40% of the audience couldn't see the
    performance. The Warwick press release is at
    a followup article in the Guardian at
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,938264,00.html and a BBC
    news item at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2950661.stm.

    The National Museum of Australia has recently published People of the
    Rivermouth: The Joborr Texts of Frank Gurrmanamana, by Frank Gurrmanamana,
    Les Hiatt and Kim McKenzie, in print with an accompanying CD-ROM. This must
    be one of the most remarkable documentary ethnographic studies, the result
    of 40 years of collaboration begun by Gurrmanamana (an Aboriginal elder of
    the Anbarra society in Arnhem Land) and the ethnographer Les Hiatt, then
    continued by Gurrmanamana's daughter and Kim McKenzie. A splendid example
    of what can be done. See

    for further details.

    Two splendid examples of what can now be done.


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