ʔeləw̓k̓ʷ- belongings: a tangible interface for intangible cultural heritage

R. Muntean, K. Hennessy, A.N. Antle, S. Rowley, J. Wilson, B. Matkin, P. Tan, R.L. Wakkary

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    Belongings is an interactive tabletop using a tangible user interface to explore intangible cultural heritage. The table was designed for the c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city exhibition. This exhibition is a partnership of three major institutions in Vancouver, BC, exploring the significant ancient village site on which part of Vancouver was built, as well as Musqueam culture and community today. The tabletop uses replicas of Musqueam belongings excavated from c̓əsnaʔəm, as well as contemporary objects that are a part of everyday Musqueam life to access information about the long history of salmon fishing and the continuity of related knowledge at c̓əsnaʔəm. The design of ʔeləw̓k̓ʷ – Belongings highlights the tensions between fragmentation and continuity that are central to discussions of access and preservation of intangible cultural heritage in the digital age. In this paper we discuss the tangible tabletop interface as a response to the desire to reconnect fragmented collections and physical belongings from c̓əsnaʔəm with Musqueam intangible cultural knowledge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
    PublisherBritish Computer Society (BCS)
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 7 Jul 20159 Jul 2015


    ConferenceElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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