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14 December 2017
Until 23 Feb
Jane Austen, By a Lady
Matheson Library, Clayton Campus
1 Dec 2017 – 23 Feb 2018
Jane Austen, By a Lady

The sense and sensibility of Jane Austen enters the digital age through an interactive exhibition designed by Monash University Art, Design and Architecture students.

Exhibition: 1 December 2017 – 23 February 2018

The Gallery
Sir Louis Matheson Library
40 Exhibition Walk
Clayton VIC 3168

Jane Austen, By a Lady explores the life, times and books of Jane Austen and links her texts to the world of 250 years ago.

Innovative multimedia designed by the students, transport the visitor back to the history, culture, geography and lifestyle of the late 18th and early 19th century. Virtual reality and animations are just some of the inventive media used.

The exhibition is a collaboration between retired Monash Medicine Professor Chris Browne and colleagues in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. The Master of Design students have assembled a range of interactive media, guided by Professor Browne who is an avid collector of rare Austens and whose collection forms part of the work.

The exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen.

Professor Browne said the exhibition was a powerful example of how multimedia design can be used to tell even the oldest of stories in a new visual format.

“The students have had to learn about the Regency period in England, as well as the life of Jane Austen, and have adapted the technology to give visitors a multi-faceted and interactive experience.

“It has opened everyone’s eyes to how these iconic works can be freshly appreciated through the application of the latest technology,” Professor Browne said.

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