“The Immersive Cultural Museum Experience – Creating Context and Story with New Media Technology”

By Maggie Burnette Stogner.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This paper explores a range of immersive and experiential media technologies and how they are being used to engage visitors in narrative context for cultural and historical artifacts. The “on-site” experience is changing, particularly in cultural museums. This paper focuses on the use of advanced digital media technologies in creating immersive, story-driven visitor experiences, and explores how new media technologies are being used to create cultural context and narratives. It raises issues of representation, authenticity, integrity, and inclusivity.

Keywords: Immersive, Experiential, Cultural, Case Study, New Media Technology, Media Technology

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.117-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1020.495KB).

Maggie Burnette Stogner

Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Film and Media Arts, American University, USA

I come from a lengthy career as a documentary filmmaker, with a few forages into interactive multimedia in the 1990s at Apple Computer and my own company 100th Monkey Media. From 1995 to 2004, I was a producer and then Senior Producer of National Geographic’s weekly documentary series “Explorer” and “Ultimate Explorer”. In 2005, I founded Blue Bear Films, a media design and production company that has produced the media technology for large traveling exhibitions such as “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs”, “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures”, and “Real Pirates: the Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship”, among many others. I am also a faculty member of the Film and Media Arts department at American University in Washington DC. My graduate degree is from Stanford University in Communication, specializing in Documentary Film.


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