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Expanded Visual Anthropology: Cave Art and Mixed Reality in the archaeological site Cueva de las Manos (Argentina).

Abstract in spanish

In 2018, the Area of Visual Anthropology (UBA) began a fieldwork with 360º video in the archaeological site Cueva de las Manos (Argentina), with the aim of projecting a space for experimentation with immersive technologies, to confront the visitor with the images of the cave. This work presents a series of reflections on the application of these technologies to the development of an interactive environment through the sensory-motor and affective experience of reality. Based on the hypothesis that Mixed Reality involves a new sensory dimension that allows stimulating the spatial and cinematic sensoriality of the image, the project explores the narrative possibilities of an expanded visual anthropology, not only in technical terms, but also in disciplinary terms. It introduces the use of low-cost technologies such as the Oculus Rift combined with hand tracking, 3D design, and specialized software for archeology.


Keywords: visual anthropology,archaeology,mixed reality,haptic technologies,cave art.
Author: Marina Gutiérrez De Angelis. Antropóloga, Universidad de Buenos Aires. Magíster en Historia del Arte Argentino y Latinoamericano, Universidad Nacional de San Martín. Docente e investigadora del Área de Antropología Visual, Instituto de Ciencias Antropológicas, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Received: October 26th, 2020, Accepted: February 23th, 2021
Revista de Antropología Visual - número 29 - Santiago, 2021 -1/20 pp.- ISSN 2452-5189