Virtual reality connects Indonesians to treasures of the world

Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift. Source: Jakarta Post 20140516

An Indonesian company is employing virtual reality to let people visit works of art from around the world using Oculus Rift.

Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift. Source: Jakarta Post 20140516
Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift. Source: Jakarta Post 20140516

Virtual museum brings Indonesia’s heritage closer to home
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2014

Anantarupa Studios introduced last week the nation’s first virtual reality museum, aiming bring to Indonesians parts of Indonesia’s ancient heritage that have been scattered to museums throughout the world.

The museum, which uses Oculus Rift virtual reality technology recently purchased by Facebook, will open to the public until May 18 during the Museum Week event at the Senayan City mall in Senayan, South Jakarta.

After the event ends, the collection will have a permanent home at Gallery Indonesia in the Grand Indonesia shopping center in Sudirman, Central Jakarta, starting mid-June.

The museum currently features 10 ancient statues from the era of the Majapahit, an ancient archipelagic empire which ruled parts of present day Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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