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Ijiam: Augmented Reality Technologies for the Adaptation of Ecuadorian Intangible Cultural Heritage

Castro, Beatriz Margarita (2017) Ijiam: Augmented Reality Technologies for the Adaptation of Ecuadorian Intangible Cultural Heritage. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Castro, Beatriz Margarita

Oral storytelling is a dynamic cultural expression for passing down human knowledge and perceptions of life and nature, building a meaningful bond between the past and the future. Over time, much oral expression has lost most of its unique flexibility and generativity as a result of textualization. This project uses digital technologies to create critical adaptations of ancestral wisdom from the Shuar indigenous community of the Ecuadorian Amazon, transposing relevant concepts of their cosmovision into a new digital storytelling experience. Following a post-colonial ethnographic research approach, this thesis employs decolonizing methods to analyze the complex knowledge system of the Shuar culture, engaging the community through a communication protocol of reciprocity and fair exchange of knowledge. The outcome of this project is an interactive digital installation that allows participants in the Shuar community and elsewhere to embody an audiovisual experience based on Shuar ancestral wisdom.

Date: April 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: oral storytelling, Ecuadorian Amazon, Shuar indigenous community, intangible cultural expression, ancestral heritage, decolonizing methodologies, critical digital adaptation, augmented reality technologies, physical performance, gesture, Kinect sensor, Unity, interactive installation
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 15:07
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1574

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