Project Overview

ARC Investigators: Dennis Del Favero, Neil Brown, Paul Compton, Jeffrey Shaw, Horace Ip, Sarah Kenderdine, Timothy Hart, Peter Weibel
Project Funding: ARC LP10010046
Interactive Immersive Installation.

iData installation view

The project develops an immersive browser pioneering the exploration of virtual space using intelligent navigational systems, redefining frameworks for interactive museological visualisation. It uses the ZKM Karlsruhe database as a case study and is a complementary project to mARChive. Through the experimental application of the world’s first immersive 360-degree interactive data browser, this project seeks to explore the proposition that museum users in digital settings will apply aesthetic choices in their navigation and re-organisation of heterogeneous databases and that these choices take on qualities of an interactive narrative. An immersive 360-degree interactive data browser provides the three-dimensional (3D) visualisation and audification of data from the ZKM database in a projection space that fully envelops the user on all sides. The hypothesis is that the aesthetic choices that the user makes take on qualities of an interactive narrative, a narrative structure that is created by the re-composition of multiple data into diverse storylines and episodes. The project investigates the quality of narrative coherence brought by users to the interactive navigation and re-organisation of information. Narrative coherence refers to the provision of clarity for users as they explore and creatively reorganise multiple forms of data.

iData ZKM, Dec 2016 from UNSW iCinema Centre on Vimeo.


  • Art of Immersion: Virtual Frontiers, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2017