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Virtual St Kilda

St Andrews Virtual St Kilda ExperienceThe Virtual St Kilda exhibition is up and running at Taigh Chearsabhagh, and the “mystery voice” is now revealed as that of regular Island Voices contributor, Archie Campbell, who also prepared the Gaelic version of the bilingual introduction. The project is headed up by the St Andrews University Open Virtual Worlds research group, working closely with local groups in Uist.

The exhibition gives you hands-on interaction, via an Xbox controller, with a digital re-creation of the St Kilda of the 1880s. You can walk around Village Bay (or fly over it!), exploring inside and outside various buildings. Clicking on various objects will take you to additional information, and the project is further enhanced by additional video work with island children offering imaginative interpretations of scenes and stories, ably facilitated by Mary Morrison – to whom Island Voices followers need no further introduction…

The film below was edited together by the St Andrews team.  It integrates their own digital reconstruction and video work with stunning natural footage from UistFilm, as well as, flatteringly, some re-purposed shots from Island Voices’ own St Kilda documentaries in English and Gaelic. Archie’s voiceover is truly bilingual, alternating regularly and consistently from Gaelic to English. It’s a very interesting and still experimental format, so comments and suggestions are most welcome.

More sample videos are available on the Open Virtual Worlds group’s Vimeo channel, and you can read more about the group’s work here.

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Categories: Audio, CALL, Community, Research, UGC, Video
  1. 12/05/2014 at 3:21 pm

    Reblogged this on e-poetry/d-lights and commented:
    A slightly different example of digital storytelling…

  2. Siùsaidh Aitken
    23/05/2014 at 5:25 pm

    ‘S math gu bheil Eàirdsidh a’ bruidhinn anns a’ Ghàidhlig an toiseach agus an uair sin sa Bheurla. Tha seo a’ sealtainn gu daoine dè cho cudromach sa tha a’ Ghàidhlig anns na h-eileanan an iar. Feumaidh daoine le Beurla èisteachd ris a’ Ghàidhlig agus tha na cànan co-ionnann. Tha e math airson luchd ionnsachaidh cuideachd.

  1. 01/07/2014 at 12:08 pm

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