Placeholders: the Secret Work of Objects

Christopher Cassidy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, Seth Ellis, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia

Our demonstration proposes a new strategy in constructing digital archives with the full collaboration of visitors, using a model of “collection” that doesn’t remove objects from everyday life. The object-as-artefact, residing in the collection and experienced by new viewers, is entirely digital; the object-as-object continues on its way. We will cover both the acquisition and preparation of the scanned objects and the employment of rapid-prototyped reproductions in a spatial interface for accessing immersive media.

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