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    Stopmotion Photowalk Animation for Spatial Immersion in a Remote Cultural Heritage Site

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)

    London, UK, 7 - 9 July 2015


    Scott L. Smith



    This paper explores the use of an animation technique, the stopmotion photowalk, to convey a spatial awareness to the viewer for individual extant buildings and a discrete section of buildings and ground, using case study from the disused whaling station at Grytviken, South Georgia Island. Possible mechanisms for immersion resulting from the technique are discussed in terms of flow and spatial presence. Some implications of immersion are considered for virtual tourism, personal remembrance, memorialisation and situated decision making of policy makers for remote environments. The station considered was in operation in the Antarctic Convergence region from 1904-1965 and a wide range of nations are represented in the cultural heritage of the island, which has no indigenous population and is a remnant from the British Empire, currently designated as a British Overseas Territory. This case study is part of a broader PhD research agenda which will culminate in the production of a virtual reality environment of a section of the contemporary station and examine presence and immersion achieved through these means while documenting an attempt to create an ontological reproduction of a walk through the station by virtual means.


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