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Supporting the Cross-cultural Appreciation of Traditional Chinese Puppetry Through a Digital Gesture Library

Lookup NU author(s): Shichao Zhao, Professor Dave Kirk, Dr Simon BowenORCiD, Dr David Chatting, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM, 2019.

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In recent years, digital cultural heritage has attracted much attention in the HCI domain, but there are currently few studies that focus on enhancing the appreciation of intangible cultural heritage content amongst cross-cultural audiences. This article reports on the development of a Digital Gesture Library to support cross-cultural appreciation of traditional Chinese puppetry. We describe fieldwork with professional puppeteers to understand their practices and art form, which informed the development of the Digital Gesture Library, which uses a three-perspective archive of puppetry gestures and a tangible interface to support cross-cultural audiences’ appreciation of puppetry and encourages further exploration of Chinese culture. We present findings on the efficacy of the Digital Gesture Library from qualitative and quantitative user studies and, from this, discuss the opportunities and challenges for developing digital technology for cross-cultural appreciation of intangible heritage.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhao SC, Kirk D, Bowen S, Chatting D, Wright PC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

Year: 2019

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 1-19

Print publication date: 01/12/2019

Online publication date: 01/11/2019

Acceptance date: 01/06/2019

Date deposited: 14/12/2019

ISSN (print): 1556-4673

ISSN (electronic): 1556-4711

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3341882


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