Saturday, March 19, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 008

Applied to cultural heritage asset presentation, this non-linear, many-to-many model of
communication has the potential to significantly impact the dominant modes of
representation, most notably that of the linear, expository narrative.
Of particular relevance here is the Australian Aboriginal storytelling tradition in which
territory is not perceived of as a piece of land enclosed within borders but rather as "an
interlocking network of 'lines' or 'ways through'" (Chatwin 1987). Sung into existence by
the ancestors, these stories actually function as maps of their terrain that can be
augmented by travelers to account. Interactive in the beginning with the advent of the
written medium, storytelling, however, evolved into a non-interactive narrative style.
In the primitive digital sense, technology like hyperlinking allows the weaving of myriad
paths through an otherwise linear presentation...
While having identified a problem regarding the absence of multiple points of view in the
traditional field of heritage, a media ecologist would argue that if anything there is an
overabundance of "first person" points of view in the broader field of contemporary media
Geo-Heritage: A Living Archive of Spatial Culture
Scott Refsland, Marc Tuters & Jim Cool