Members of the Julfa Project team, Judith Crispin, Harold Short, and Drew Baker, presented an exhibition and colloquium in Rome (September 23-25), in association with the events marking the formal opening and blessing of Australian Catholic University’s Rome Centre.


The exhibition, held at the newly renovated Soap Factory in Rome’s Garbatella district, presented the project’s first immersive 3D displays. Two large projections showed the cemetery site and 15 individual funerary monuments – 13 khach’k’ars plus a ram stone and a small tombstone.
The exhibition is pioneering a revolutionary new approach to combining still images, 3D audio, 3D visualisations and traditional photography in order to render an emotionally compelling and dignified recreation of a destroyed cultural site. The exhibition was attended by large audiences, many drawn from the Armenian diaspora in Rome. Some visitors travelled from Milan, Madrid, and even from as far as London.
The exhibitions in Rome included: historical photographs by Argam Ayzazyan, Aram Vryur and Zaven Sargsyan; new photographs by Dione McAlary and Judith Crispin, audio field recordings by Kimmo Venonnen, 3D field scans by Drew Baker, Judith Crispin, Dione McAlary, Hamlet Petrosyan and Father Shahe Ananyan. Topographical and monument reconstructions were done by Drew Baker, image editing by Judith Crispin and technical support was provided by Craig Williams and his team from Mosaic, Adelaide.
The exhibition was accompanied by a colloquium that featured talks by renown29740620033_0808468977_med Armenian archaeologist Hamlet Petrosyan and, by Skype from Armenia, photographer Argam Ayvazyan. The colloquium opened with welcomes from Profess
or Wayne McKenna, DVC Research, and Vartan Karapetian, Cultural Attaché from the Armenian embassy to the Vatican, on behalf of the Ambassador.
The enthusiasm and support of the Armenian community was also evident in a subsequent visit to the monastery at San Lazarro degli Armeni in Venice, where Father Hamazasp has offered to host a two-year installation of the Julfa Project materials.
Harold Short/Judith Crispin
October 2016