Carmen Gloria Quintana was 18 years old when was doused with gasoline and burned alive for attending a protest against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1986. This was the story that unfolded before me as I held a tablet up to an arpillera, a Chilean piece of patchwork historically used for personal testimony and storytelling. Triggering augmented reality, the tablet displays points of significance against the images of the arpillera, revealing more than may have been initially understood from simply looking at the piece.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an unconventional museum; not so much known for its artifacts, but the ability to move visitors through means of storytelling. This effect is at least, partly due, to the incredible technological advances that the museum made from its inception. Starting from the ground up, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights had the unique opportunity to become a trailblazer in the realm of technology. That effort culminated in three key area; Immersive storytelling, inclusion and accessibility and meaningful interaction.
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