UTS Visual Communication

UTS Visual Communication

Layered Horizons
Andrew Burrell 
Rachel Hendery (WSU)

Layered Horizons is an ongoing outcome of ‘Waves of Words, Mapping and modelling the history of Australia’s Asia-Pacific ties’, an ARC funded research project investigating the extent and nature of ancient contact between First Peoples of the continent now known as Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. As such, Layered Horizons is continually being iterated upon as both a research outcome and toolset for research.

The project aims to use design and digital humanities research as a way to surface novel insights into interrelated data, to communicate these insights using the unique affordance of VR, and for the infrastructure of this VR experience to be transferable to other forms of data.

This goal of creating a toolset for research that is useful beyond the scope of Waves of Words allows for a wide range of research questions to be investigated using the project outcomes. This could be broken down into three design-led goals:
1. to manipulate data spatially to reveal connections;
2. to visually and experientially communicate this to a variety of audiences;
3. to build a toolset that is transferable to others

Virtual Environments
Visualising Information
Design Research
Digital Humanities
Human-Computer Interaction

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We also pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.