On October 13, 2011, the double exhibition Etruscans was opened in Amsterdam in the aula of the University of Amsterdam, attended by 700 people, including a large Italian delegation, with representatives of the museums that cooperate in these exhibitions and the Etruscanning team.
This academic session was opened by Wim Hupperetz, director of the Allard Pierson Museum and coordinator of the Etruscanning project, which created for these exhibitions an interactive VR application to explore the Regolini-Galassi tomb through natural interaction. The exhibition in the Allard Pierson Museum focuses on “Powerful Men“. Images of the setup in Amsterdam can be found in the previous blog entry.
On October 14, 2011, the exhibition on Etruscans opened in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, focused on “Eminent Women“. As the Etruscanning VR application shows the Regolini-Galassi tomb, in which both a leading woman and man were buried, it is shown in both exhibitions. Below are two images showing the setup in Leiden during the evening of the opening in which around 1300 people visited the museum.
Currently, the interactive virtual reality application in both museums is shown with storytelling in Dutch. An English version of the narration has been recorded and an Italian version is being prepared for recording. Both versions will be shown at the ArcheoVirtual exhibition at the Borsa Mediterranea del Turismo Archeologico (Nov 17-20, 2011, in Paestum, Italy).
The Etruscanning research continues, on the digital restoration of the objects, on their optimal representation in a real time 3D system and on the use of gestures to select and manipulate objects. An updated version of the application, providing more focus on the digitised museum objects, will be shown at the Museum Night in Amsterdam on Nov 5, 2011. We hope to show a gesture based version in both exhibitions by January 2013.
During 2012, a second Etruscan tomb will be reconstructed and visualised with the same approach. Interactive VR visualisations of both tombs and their objects will be integrated in a prestigious exhibition on Etruscan culture in the Gallo-Roman museum of Tongeren, Belgium in January 2013.
The development of museum VR installations based upon natural interfaces, such as this Etruscanning project, is an exciting, new way of integrating interactive 3D into museums and exhibitions. CNR-ITABC developed a very first version of this technology in the temporary exhibition Colors of Giotto (video) with a lot of success. The assessment of the fitness for use and robustness of implementation of this Etruscanning application is carried out by the European V-MusT.net Network of Excellence, that focuses on museum technology and virtual museums. The research is carried out by the Heritage Lab of the Allard Pierson Museum, that is a leading partner within the V-MusT.net consortium.
This blog is part of the Etruscanning project, that is been funded with support from the European Commission. This blog reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.