Cultural Heritage and the Panorama: From Painting to Imaging

By Seth Thompson.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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Since the 1787 invention of the immersive 360-degree painted panorama by Robert Barker, the panorama has been used to depict such subject matter as significant architectural complexes, historical events and military battles—aspects of cultural heritage. Computer-based panoramic imaging is a valuable tool for the comprehensive documentation of a cultural landscape—allowing the viewer to understand an environment much like one would do in the physical world. By integrating panoramic imaging within an interactive environment, a greater understanding of cultural heritage can be attained by providing context to specific tangible and intangible cultural artifacts of a place within time. In this paper, I will provide an overview of the development of the panorama both within a historical and technical context; describe and analyze past, present and potential future applications of the panorama for cultural heritage purposes; and discuss issues related to the preservation of panoramic imaging within the digital domain.

Keywords: Panoramic Imaging, Cultural Heritage, Interactive Media Design

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 1, October 2014, pp.23-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 12, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 537.917KB)).

Seth Thompson

Assistant Professor of Design, College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates