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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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