Networked world of ‘isolated’ Borneo community revealed in new multimedia exhibition

Posted by ap507 at Nov 21, 2014 01:15 PM |
University of Leicester archaeologist shares insights into Penan culture for International Community Media Day

An archaeologist at the University of Leicester has shed light on the connected nature of remote communities, including groups of hunter-gatherers in a new multimedia exhibition.

In the installation, specially created for Documentary Media Month, Dr Huw Barton from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History shares original images and footage that reveal the reach of the Internet and satellite television, even in the remotest parts of Asia.

In a reception event on Tuesday 25 November at the Documentary Media Centre, Dr Barton will be sharing his findings which focus on the connected nature of a Penan community in North Borneo.

Dr Barton explained: “I was quite impressed to see such widespread access to technology such as the Internet and satellite television in the village of Long Beruang, Borneo. There were rooms full of computers with kids on Facebook linking up to people all over the world.”

The stills on show in the exhibition were captured by Dr Barton and photographer Rory Carnegie during a 2012 British Academy funded trip to the remote community in an attempt to understand how the Penan create their world view.

The reception event for Dr Barton’s exhibition is taking place on Tuesday 25 November between 6.00pm-8.00pm at the Documentary Media Centre, 3 Shires Lane, Highcross. The event is free and open to the public. 

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