Category: Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage

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Virtual South Georgia

A preliminary test fly-over of South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic Island. The flight begins at Grytviken, passes three historic whaling stations and then circumnavigates the island. This presents fascinating possibilities for visualizing the historic traverse of the island by Ernest Shackleton in 1916, as well as contemporary scientific data visualization.It’s just...

Visions of Australia: VMI

Synopsis Virtual Macquarie Island (VMI 1.0), is a prototype digital exhibit created in collaboration with TMAG and the Australian Antarctic Program. It is currently on exhibit at TMAG’s Islands to Ice Antarctica gallery. VMI 2.0 will develop a digital touring exhibition, including collaboration with Australian scientific organisations and South Australian,...

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Ghosts of Antarctica

Ghosts of Antarctica 2021UHD 4k , Stereo. Duration: 8:10 Synopsis Ghosts of Antarctica is a reflective short film that brings new life and emotion to the faces of Australian Antarctic scientists and explorers of the Heroic Era in the early Twentieth century. An homage to the remarkable work of pioneering...

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Of Ancient Design

An undiscovered island. An ancient wreck. It is July 1810. The brig Perseverance is upon the high seas, the wild Southern Ocean. Ship’s Captain Frederick Hasselborough is searching for new sealing grounds, with a crew of 25 men. On this gloomy, squally day, Hasselborough is certain he is the first...

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Blizzard Redux

Blizzard Redux is a renewal of a work I made in 2007, exploring the stereoscopic photographic record of the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. It’s now on permanent exhibit at TMAG in beautiful full-colour polarised 3D stereo – look for the special theatrette in the Antarctic exhibition. I’ve re-invigorated the work...

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Colourising Stereoscopic Glass Plates with Deep Learning

13 years ago, in 2006, I was commissioned to produce a stereoscopic movie by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) for their then-new ‘Islands to Ice‘ Antarctic exhibition, based upon stereoscopic glass plates taken during the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. It arose from research I was doing at the...

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AAE: Digital Ghosts Project

The AAE Digital Ghosts project develops and implements novel techniques in Deep Learning (DL) in application to Antarctic Cultural Heritage. Recent developments in DL facilitate the automated colourisation and extraction (or recreation) of three-dimensional data from black and white source photographs. In concert with conventional 3D-modelling and animation techniques, these reveal...

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Mawson’s Huts VR Project

360º Stereoscopic Views of Mawson’s Huts (photogrammetric + 3D model reconstructions). Note: currently VR view mode on iOS/Android may not work, due to gyro access and software issues. Desktop viewing functions as expected. I will push updates as and when available. These are a few work-in-progress renders of scenes from...

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Antarctic 360º Video, VR, Panoramas and Photogrammetry

With recent developments in 360º video and VR, it is now possible for me to revisit a variety of material I’ve accumulated over the last 20 years of Antarctic-related visualisation research: these range from work I have done with Frank Hurley’s stereoscopic glass plates (which I commenced in 1999 –...

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Conversations about Paintings

My father is a painter – a landscape painter – and he has done this for most of his life (and all my life) – and, naturally, he’s had a strong impact upon the way I think about things visually. We’ve had many interesting discussions over many decades. Anyway, over...