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Prof. Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative. She is a pioneer in panoramic and stereoscopic display systems and content creation. Kenderdine concurrently holds the position of Professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales | Art & Design (2013–) and Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Australia (2003–). She is founding Director of Research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University of Hong Kong (2010–2013). Recent books include the co-edited, co-authored Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007 (third reprint 2010) and PLACE-Hampi: Inhabiting the Panoramic Imaginary of Vijayanagara, Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2013.
Prof. Kenderdine has conceived and created interactive installations on UNESCO world heritage sites including Angkor, Cambodia; The Monuments at Hampi, India; Olympia, Greece and at numerous sites throughout Turkey. In 2012, she directed Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang and Pure Land Augmented Reality Edition in collaboration with the Dunhaung Academy and ECloud WWI (for Europeana). She conceived and curated Kaladham | PLACE-Hampi as a permanent museum located at Vijayanagar, Karnataka, inaugurated in November 2012, and co-directed two new installations based on Pacifying of the South China Sea Pirates’ scroll which recently premiered at Maritime Museum, Hong Kong (2013). Formerly, Kenderdine was Creative Director of Special Projects at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1998–2003). She is a maritime archaeologist, former curator at the Western Australian Maritime Museum (1994–1997) and has written a number of authoritative books on shipwrecks. In 1994–1995, she designed and built one of the world’s earliest museum websites (for the Maritime Museum) and subsequently award-winning cultural networks/sites for Australian museums (AMOL), the ten South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Intel Corporation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Prof. Kenderdine’s many awards include:
- International Council of Museum Award (Australia) 2013 for the Museum at Kaladham, Karnakata, India
- Australian Arts in Asia Awards Innovation Award 2013 for PLACE-Hampi and the Museum at Kaladham
- Tartessos Prize 2013 for contributions to virtual archaeology worldwide
- Digital Heritage International Congress & IMéRA Foundation Fellowship (Aix-Marseille University)