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Daily, Starts 13 Nov 2008
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Immigration Museum

Inhabiting the Archaeological Imaginary:
This exhibition unearths the Archaeological Imagination, to reveal the site of the ancient Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagara (Hampi) in South India. Hampi is both a monumental World Heritage precinct and a vibrant centre for contemporary pilgrimage where history, the natural environment, mythology and everyday cultural practices are closely interwoven.

The languages of archaeology, photography and new media converge in Ancient Hampi to enliven its landscape and provide extraordinary experiences of place. These three modes of engagement are powerful interpretive mechanisms that enable the visitor to gain a deep appreciation of Hampi’s singular qualities.

Modes of Engagement:
Archaeology is about describing a continuum of relationships from the past to the present. Techniques of visualisation, inscription and documentation define the discipline and its tools include everything from measuring tapes to global information systems.

Photography provides archaeology with a potent method of translation and representation of the visible remains of the past. Photography also gives us new ways of looking at cultural landscapes and establishes a ‘sense of place’.

A central feature of this exhibition is PLACE-Hampi, a state-of-the-art interactive new media experience that engages the visitor in a multi-sensory journey of discovery. With its ground-breaking 360-degree display, the visitor is immersed in life-size stereoscopic 3D panoramic images that are augmented by computer animations of Indian mythological deities and surround-sound audio recordings with specific classical Indian music. This dynamic matrix of technologies sets the landscape in motion so that the tangible and intangible aspects of Hampi’s archaeological imaginary (essence, vibrancy) are intimately bought to life.

Ancient Hampi radically re-defines the ways in which we can inhabit the past in the here and now.