Retrospect: War, Family, Afghanistan
10.15am, Fri 11 Nov
- When 11 Nov - 30 Nov 2016
11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria 3058
Viewings by Appointment Only
Remembrance Day 2016 marks the official launch of the much-anticipated artificially intelligent computer graphic installation, Retrospect: War, Family Afghanistan, which is being presented at the Melbourne Museum. A special guest address at the opening event will be delivered by Leanne Harvey, the Acting CEO of the Australian Research Council.
To be launched by Air Commodore John Meier, Director General of History and Heritage at the Royal Australian Airforce, Retrospect: War, Family, Afghanistan presents a rare opportunity to learn about how the experiences of Australia’s longest war have changed the lives of six Australian families.
Museum visitors will gain access vast digital database of veteran and family memories that can be explored using artificial intelligence in a 360-degree 3D cinema created by researchers at UNSW. The installation offers moving personal accounts of the impact of war on soldiers and their families during and following their service and deployments.
Retrospect is a collaborative project created by UNSW and ABC Radio utilising ABC radio documentaries, ABC television footage, a dedicated website, and an immersive digital archive hosted the iCinema Research Centre, which is a partnership between faculties across UNSW including Art & Design and Engineering.
Featuring previously unseen footage shot on location for ABC TV, and interviews conducted by internationally renowned photojournalist, Stephen Dupont, the project is enhanced by personal photos and videos provided by the veterans. The result is a nuanced portrayal of how war is experienced in the era of digital communication.
The project has been led by iCinema Director and Scientia Professor, Dennis Del Favero, who says the resulting installation enables insight into a time when the ‘conventional letter home’ no longer exists. “The current generation of defence personnel and their families do not produce the array of letters that so many archives of pre-21st century conflicts contain. In this context, Retrospect is a world-first innovation.”
Retrospect: War, Family, Afghanistan was produced through a partnership between UNSW, the ABC, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Australia Council for the Arts, and Museum Victoria.
The project was supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage scheme, whose investigators included: Dennis Del Favero, Ross Harley, Jill Bennett, Michael Thielscher, Neil Brown, Craig Stockings, Volker Kuchelmeister, Anthony MacGregor, and Richard Reid.
ABC Producers: ABC RN, Michelle Rayner and Tony Macgregor
ABC Digital and Content Strategy: Megan Lawrence and Belinda Lopez
Archive Producer: Michelle Baddiley
Soundtrack composer: Oonagh Sherrard
Photomedia Artist: Stephen Dupont
Cinematography: Neale Maude (ABC Four Corners)
Thank you to the veterans and their families.