Tom
Chandler
&
Brent
Mckee

Animation Director and Researcher, SensiLab

ABSTRACT

VIRTUAL LANDSCAPES FROM THE MONASH COUNYRY LINES ARCHIVE

The Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) is a collaborative and co-creative project between Monash Faculty of Information Technology’s SensiLab, the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, and community groups. Its mandate is to capture and record oral traditions (narratives, songs and poems) from indigenous communities around Australia using the medium of 3D animation. The multi-dimensional ‘world space’ of 3D animation has proved indispensable in depicting events in the ‘dreaming’ that defy conventional wisdom, and in the digital recreation of landscapes that no longer exist or need to be obscure enough to be protected from outsiders. This presentation will overview the negotiated process of creating virtual landscapes as part of a living archive of of Indigenous Australian language, and venture thoughts on how they might be deployed for ‘on-site’ virtual and augmented reality applications in the near future.

BIO

Tom Chandler is a researcher whose work explores the interdisciplinary application of 3D modelling and virtual world building.

He coordinates a number of SensiLab projects ranging from archaeology, anthropology and biology through to industrial design and neuroscience. He is also a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT), where he teaches 3D modelling and animation and leads FIT’s interactive media major.

Brent is a animator and visual effects specialist.

He is currently the Animation Director for the Monash Country-Lines Archive at SensiLab. He is also a Research Assistant, creating 3D animations for the Visualising Angkor Project.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Multimedia and a Masters of Design (by Research), both from Monash University.