The Jakarta Post
Elementary students try Google Cardboard. The newly invented technology allows them to virtually visit seven museums in the country. (Google Arts & Culture/-)
After featuring Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples in Yogyakarta and Central Java in Google Arts & Culture’s website and application, Google has recently launched Art Camera and Google Cardboard, which allows the public to take a closer look at Indonesian heritage.
In collaboration with Yayasan Batik Indonesia, the Art Camera has digitized 1000 batik and traditional textiles. The camera is equipped with 1000 gigapixels, allowing viewers to see the fabrics’ smallest details.
As for Google Cardboard, it allows viewers to virtually visit seven museums in the country. By downloading the application on Android or iOS and attaching the cardboard goggles to a smartphone, people can virtually explore Jakarta Textile Museum and Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramic in West Jakarta, Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples in Yogyakarta and Central Java, the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta, Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta, Sangiran Archaeological Museum in Karanganyar, Central Java, and, Agung Rai Museum of Art (Arma) in Gianyar, Bali.
Cultural heritage and museum preservation director at the Culture and Education Ministry, on behalf of the ministry’s director-general of culture, Hilmar Farid, said the ministry appreciated Google’s effort to digitize the nation’s heritage.
Harry highlighted the benefit of using digital technology to preserve cultural heritage. “There is worry people will get less interested in visiting museums or see artifacts after seeing it through the Internet. But it is the opposite. The technology increases people’s curiosity, which triggers them to come and visit what they have seen on the Internet.”
He also mentioned that these new technologies made cultural heritage more accessible. “By digitalizing the nation’s heritage, it allows people with an Internet connection to access it," said Harry. (asw)
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