Place-Hampi: Narratives of Inclusive Cultural Experience

By Patrizia Schettino and Sarah Kenderdine.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This paper presents a qualitative visitor study of PLACE-Hampi, a ground-breaking interactive and immersive museum installation focused on the sacred, historical, archaeological, and architectural spaces of the UNESCO world heritage site Monument at Hampi in South India. This seminal exhibition has toured the world for three years to five major venues and was most recently installed at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne as part of the exhibition Ancient Hampi: The Hindu Kingdom Brought to Life (2008-2010).
This paper aims to show how different interpretative communities in a multicultural city constructed meaning during their experience of the interactive and immersive installation PLACE-Hampi. The questions asked in this paper include what the different communities that engaged with the exhibition learnt, in an informal way, from their immersive experience of another culture and how museums can improve inclusivity by using contextualized and ‘open work’ immersive projects when designing exhibitions.

Keywords: Qualitative Visitor Study, Immersive Environment, Cultural Diversity, Inclusion, Informal Learning, Design, Stereoscopic, Panoramic, Intangible Heritage

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.141-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.263MB).

Patrizia Schettino

PhD Student, University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland

Patrizia Schettino is a PhD student at TEC-Lab, University of Lugano, Switzerland. She is doing research in design, cultural diversity and multimedia in museums. After a Masters in Design, Multimedia and Visual Communication at Politecnico in Milan, she worked as multimedia designer in Milan and Paris and taught at NABA, in Milan. She was a McLuhan Program Fellow in 2000, University of Toronto, an eLearning consultant for the European Network ERIC (European Resources for Intercultural Communication), and she was involved as a graphic designer and instructional designer in 12 eLearning projects supported by the Swiss Virtual Campus in Switzerland. As filmmaker, storyteller and photographer, she has participated in several film festivals and exhibitions in Italy (, Triennale, Milan, 1999; International Photography Award Viaggio in Basilicata, travelling exhibition 2006 and 2007; Potenza Film Festival, Potenza, 2006; Young Movie Festival, Potenza 2007 and 2009; and the Lucania Film Festival, Pisticci, 2006 and 2010). She has been Visiting Scholar at the Department of Information Studies and Interactive Media (INFIM), University of Tampere, the iCinema Center, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, the Immigration Museum, Melbourne, and the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, supported by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Dr. Sarah Kenderdine

Head, Special Projects, Information, Multimedia and Technology, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and digital humanities. Her current work focuses on human centered virtual system design, visual analytics for large-scale heterogeneous cultural datasets and new emergent narrative forms in stereoscopic and panoramic immersive architectures. Dr. Kenderdine is a maritime archaeologist and museum curator and has written a number of authoritative books on shipwrecks. She is concurrently head of Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Melbourne; Associate Professor, City University, Hong Kong and Director of Research at ALiVE (Applied Laboratory of Interactive Visualization and Embodiment) at the Hong Kong Science Park. She is an Adjunct Professor, School of Communication and Media, RMIT University (Discipline of Games and Animation 2010-2013); Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley. Recent interactive installations include: YER-Turkiye (2010), Hampi-LIVE (2010), Rhizome of the Western Han (2010), UNMAKEABLELOVE (2008), Eye of Nagaur (2008), PLACE-Hampi (2006), and the exhibition Ancient Hampi: the Hindu Kingdom Brought to Life (2008-2010) at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne. Recent and upcoming books include: Cameron, F.& Kenderdine, S. (eds) Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, MIT Press, 2007; and Kenderdine, S. 2011, Place-Hampi: Inhabiting the panoramic imaginary of Vijayanagara, Hiedelberg: Kehrer Verlag.


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