Sarah Kenderdine: "We hope this will change the nature of museum-going forever"


Museums, theatres, concert halls: wherever people came together to enjoy culture, there is now a yawning emptiness. How can museum-going be revolutionised? Sarah Kenderdine, a professor at EPFL Lausanne, provides the tools for innovation.

"Immersive techniques give us powerful ways to reformulate narratives in a digital context. This is a way of refreshing our relationship with audiences", says professor Sarah Kenderdine. She heads the Laboratory for Experimental Museology at EPFL Lausanne and researches interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. With the help of immersive technologies she let Chinese cave paintings come to life and in this way also protects cultural heritage from overtourism.

With digital technologies "we can also focus our attention on intangible heritage", says Kenderdine. Rituals and ancient sports can be reenacted, recorded and preserved in "living archives". The Hongkong KungFu-Archive beeing just one example.

One challenge of immersive museum experiences is the proliferation of aura from real objects to digital objects. However, Kenderdines immodest goal is to change the nature of museum-going forever. In this video she explaines how to go about it:

At the 17th European Trend Day – Future Meetups: How We'll Get Together From Now On on 10 March 2021, Kenderdine will present experimental interfaces that transform cultural heritage into immersive experiences.