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Claire Eaglesham

Claire Eaglesham — School of Simulation and Visualisation

Experiencing the intangible: communicating cultural meaning and identity through storytelling and immersive technologies.

Ethnographic collections offer a wealth of historical and cultural information for museum audiences. However, traditional display approaches and museum spaces limit the full contextualisation of ethnographic artefacts, particularly in terms of their socially constructed forms of meaning and significance. This practice-led PhD will evaluate the ways immersive technologies and storytelling techniques can be used to communicate the intangible aspects of ethnographic artefacts. It will adopt an iterative design process, where user-centred design approaches inform the development of a prototype immersive application. The prototype will be evaluated through usability testing, participant observation and semistructured interviews, and the outputs of the evaluations will be used to inform further development of the immersive application. This research aims to provide a framework for developing immersive experiences which communicate cultural understanding and promote engagement with museum visitors.

Claire Eaglesham is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator at GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation. Her work combines elements from her academic background in Social Anthropology and Heritage Visualisation, as well as her professional experience of developing and evaluating VR and AR applications. Working with digital technologies, she explores the possibilities offered by combining innovative visualisation techniques with user-focused interaction and storytelling.