Click here to read the full evaluation by Chrissie Tiller for XINGU VILLAGE, an immersive installation piloted at the Horniman Museum in December 2018. The installation provided London museumgoers with unprecedented access to the life of the Kuikuro, a community of around 800 people who live in the Xingu, a protected area which is home to 16 indigenous peoples. By combining digital content, captured using world-leading cultural conservation practices, with virtual and augmented reality tools, visitors were taken on a journey to Ipatse village, where they learned about the day to day life, environment and cultural practices of the Kuikuro.
The installation, the first of its kind, involved indigenous people directly in a process that both preserved and disseminated their social and cultural histories. Through use of non-contact technologies, the project has raised awareness of remote and fragile indigenous communities, whose way of life is beyond the reach of the general public, without putting them at risk.
Xingu Village is part of the research project The Challenge of the Xingu: indigenous cultures in the museum of the future, funded jointly by Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the ‘Immersive Experiences’ call, and by The Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary University of London. The project is led byPeople’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) and AIKAX (Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Upper Xingu) in partnership with Factum Foundation, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, A Casa Gringo Cardia, Playground Entertainment and WeSense.