Sarah Kenderdine explores interactive ways to engage with archival material using new technology.
A former maritime archaeologist and museum curator, Kenderdine is a professor and director of Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archive, and Museums (iGLAM) and director of Visualisation at the Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre) at the University of New South Wales. She also holds an ongoing role as head of special projects at Museum Victoria. Before joining UNSW, she was director of research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE) at City University of Hong Kong. Her research is at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries, amalgamating tangible and intangible cultural heritage with new-media art practice in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality, and embodied narrative. In the past ten years she has created over eighty installations and exhibitions, including the award-winning Place-Hampi Museum in South India and the Pure Land series exploring Cave 220 in Dunhuang, China. Her published works include Place-Hampi: Inhabiting the Panoramic Imaginary of Vijayanagara (2013) and Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: A Critical Discourse (2007). In 2015, she will complete a coauthored monograph titled Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage for a Complex, Turbulent, and Entangled World.