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Heritage interpretation: collective reconstruction of Sompur Mahavihara, Bangladesh

Rahman, Hafizur and Rashid, Md. Mizanur (2010) Heritage interpretation: collective reconstruction of Sompur Mahavihara, Bangladesh. In: 16th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM 2010), 20-23 October 2010 , Seoul Korea.

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The increasing development of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, interfaces, interaction techniques and devices has greatly improves the efficacy and usability of VR, which has helped institutions of informal education, such as museums, media research and cultural centres to embrace advanced virtual technologies and support their transaction from the research laboratory to the public realm. The 8th century Buddhist Monastery of Sompur Mahaviahara at Paharpur drew deep attention by the architectural historians of the South Asia from the very discovery of the ruins for its unique architectural features and strategic spatio-temporal location. During the first phase of study, we have developed a preliminary reconstructed 3D model of Sompur Mahaviahara – as ‘professional interpretation’. The second phase is attempted to investigate about ‘public interpretation’. We propose a novel approach of heritage interpretation for general public opposing the traditional interpretation method. With an interactive system, supported by active online participants to collaboration and collectively generate a knowledge base of cultural memories. We hope through this participatory approach of reconstruction/interpretation will provide an understanding of public view about this monument and at the same time will allow differentiating the deviation of the professional and public reconstruction. As a methodology ‘heritage interpretation’ is first conceptualized; followed by elaboration of professional interpretation. Finally a conceptual interpretation has been proposed for public interpretation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 6447/1490
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual Heritage, Heritage interpretation, Active participation, Collective cultural memory
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA190 History
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Architecture
Depositing User: Dr Md Mizanur Rashid
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 15:44
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2011 12:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1490

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