(Adventures in) Culturescaping

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    In July 2016, a group of design students from Monash University were presented with the opportunity to engage their communication design practice with the emerging interdisciplinary field of digital cultural heritage through participating in the 2016 Culturescape study abroad course. As part of an immersive researchstudio run in conjunction with the Biennale Sessions programme of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, these undergraduate students were challenged to conceive of designed interventions that respond to the “experimental preservation” of Venice. Taking inspiration from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s special exhibition at the biennale, A World of Fragile Parts, their resulting speculative designs offer a platform for thinking critically and creatively about contemporary themes related to cultural heritage by offering creative propositions for how historical objects, places and everyday social practices can be experienced in the post-digital era.This short paper will focus its discussion to considerations associated with establishing a situated learning experience, inspirations driving the immersive research studio, the “culturescraping” design brief and the design concepts that were generated through this programme.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDigital Cultural Heritage: Future Visions
    EditorsKelly Greenop, Chris Landorf
    Place of PublicationBrisbane Qld Australia
    PublisherThe University of Queensland
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9780646982335
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventDigital Cultural Heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017 - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 19 Apr 201720 Apr 2017


    ConferenceDigital Cultural Heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017
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    • communication design
    • culturescape
    • curatorial design
    • digital cultural heritage
    • teaching/research nexus
    • 'A World of Fragile Parts'

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