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Blue-and-White: Exploring Mixed Reality Technology for Representing and Facilitating Intercultural Dialogue in Museums

Zhao, Peiheng (2020) Blue-and-White: Exploring Mixed Reality Technology for Representing and Facilitating Intercultural Dialogue in Museums. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Zhao, Peiheng
Abstract:

Since the 1980s, museums have been viewed as being able to promote conversations between communities in multicultural societies. The shift from the idea of a museum-going public to museum-going publics has contributed to efforts on the part of institutions to aid in addressing the diversity of experiences and interests that mark the postmodern world. The development of digital technology, mixed reality (MR), for example, has transformed the shared understanding of communication and the perception of information. This thesis presents an argument that MR can be effectively utilized to create a platform in which cross-cultural links between artefacts can be represented dynamically and interactively, to formulate a more diverse narrative about the history and material life, for museum audiences. By augmenting the narrative, the museum space can become a powerful platform to help audiences raise awareness of intercultural dialogue. A mobile-based augmented reality (AR) prototype that uses the story of what is commonly known as “Blue-and-White pottery” [青花; pinyin: qīng-huā or blue patterns and flowers] as a case study was developed to demonstrate the argument. This thesis concludes with a discussion of the potential for emerging technologies to solve contemporary problems in museums.

Date: 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Museum, Intercultural Dialogue, Blue-and-White Pottery, Cross-cultural Links, Smart Device
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 20:14
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 20:14
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3044

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