Rhizome of The Western Han

2010 Hong Kong, China

Collaborator: Carlo Camporesi, Maurizio Forte, Jeffrey Shaw

This work investigates the integration of archaeological laser scan data inside the world’s first 360-degree stereoscopic virtual environment (Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment -AVIE). This interactive display system allows for fully embodied, omnispatial, omnidirectional and 3D visualization.

Rhizome of the Western Han represents a process of archaeological recontextualization, bringing together remote sensing data from the two tombs (M27 & M1) with laser scans of funerary objects, in a spatial context. The study of Han Dynasties (206 BC-220 A.D.) imperial tombs has always been an important field of Chinese archaeology. However, only a few tombs of the Western Han Dynasty have been scientifically surveyed and reconstructed.

The prototype builds an interactive narrative based on spatial dynamics and cultural aesthetics that are embedded in the archaeological remains. This work investigates the principles of post-processural archaeological (embodiment, re-combinatory narratives, theatre) as they pertain to immersive display architectures. It is an example of re-visioning of digital cultural heritage dialogues based on the concepts of cyberarchaeology, cybermapping and the rhizome.