Cultural Heritage is an indispensable part of society and plays an important role in shaping values and creating a narrative about a society’s history and present. Museums are often places for playing out dominant social relations, representing certain power structures. Consequently, when people visit a Dutch museum, they are often shown a one-sided picture when it comes to people of color or the Dutch colonial history.Many Dutch museums are now actively trying to change this.
Inclusive Interactive Heritage is the place for research and development of new Virtual Reality and Conversational AI technologies that can bring about positive change in this respect, for example, by providing polyvocal perspectives of the artworks, exploring innovative ways of interacting with them, and eventually expanding their reach to diverse communities.
The research is part of the VU-UT coalition on Creating Smart Societies.
UTwente - Shenghui Wang, Carolien Rieffe (also Leiden University), Delaram Javdani, Robby van Delden, Dirk Heylen, Joris Weijdom
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam - Stephan Schlobach, Victor de Boer, Tilo Hartmann, Maurice Crul, Ismintha Waldring
In 2014, Carolien addressed the question whether as an academic to remain neutral or take a stand