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BackOBourke iDome Installation

 

Historical Darling River Journey. Interactive Immersive Installation. 2009
Volker Kuchelmeister
For the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre, Outback New South Wales, Australia.
This world-class centre employs a series of interactive installations and visual screen displays to immerse visitors with stories of the Australian Outback. One of the key exhibits is the Darling River Journey application developed for the hemispherical iDome projection platform. It allows visitors to experience a journey through the history and life in the back country, rediscovering the stories of Australia through modern eyes.

“The Centre uses the latest interactive technology as well as artefacts to tell the story of the Darling River over the past 500 years, with displays about the region’s cultural history, explorers, early settlers, river boats, unions, poets and outback legends.” Anthony Alabanese, Minister for Transport and Infrastucture

 “The very worthwhile Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre follows the legends of the back country – both Indigenous and settler – through interactive installations and innovative visuals.” Lonely Planet review for Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre
A 360º video recording on a replica paddle steamer forms the backdrop. One can freely control the gaze and point-of-view and a custom build user interface allows for movement in time and space. Narrative layers such as superimposed historical photographs and sketches, voice over by a local historian and outback sounds uncover the stories of early exploration and the history of this stretch of the Darling River.
The Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre, funded with over 3 million dollar through the Sustainable Regions federal program, is nestled in a natural setting amongst the river red gums on the banks of the Darling River in Bourke NSW. The Centre allows to experience a journey through life in the back country; rediscovering the stories of Australia through modern eyes, taking you from the rich cultural history of the past through to the future of the Australian Outback.This world-class centre employs a series of interactive installations and stunning visual screen displays to immerse visitors with stories of the Australian Outback, bringing them to life and actively engaging visitors with the area’s rich history.
The iCinema Centre was commissioned to develop a key exhibit for the BackOBourke Exhibition Centre, a Historical Darling River Journey in form of a Interactive Immersive Installation. It consists of a 3m hemispherical immersive projection environment, the iDome, a custom user interface and a custom application.
A 360º video recording on the Darling River on the replica paddle steamer “PV Jandra” forms the background for this interactive video installation. Additional narrative layers, superimposed historical photographs and voice over by a local historian, provide information of the highlights along the way. The visitors can freely control their gaze and jump to places of interest with a custom build user interface.
Related Publications
  • Immersive Mixed Media Augmented Reality Applications and Technology. Volker Kuchelmeister, Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Matthew McGinity, Ardrian Harjano. IEEE PCM 2009, 10th Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia. , Bangkok, In Advances in Multimedia Information Processing, series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5879, Springer Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-642-10466-4, p. 1112-1118, 2009.
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