Re-Presenting Art: A Holographic Installation for the Lowe Art of Africa Gallery Collections is an interactive holographic installation that allows the user to experience and digitally view 3D scanned masks from the Lowe Art Museum’s Art of Africa Gallery.
August 2019 - Ongoing
Re-Presenting Art: A Holographic Installation for the Lowe Art of Africa Gallery Collections is an interactive holographic installation that allows the user to experience and digitally view 3D scanned masks from the Lowe Art Museum’s Art of Africa Gallery. The goal of this project is to 3D scan, present holographically, and digitally preserve art pieces that would otherwise be relegated to storage because of condition or lack of exhibit space.
With traditional informational kiosks, a patron is presented with a flat perspective of the work. The holographic display lets viewers perceive the objects as if these were right in front of them. The interactive kiosk lets users virtually handle the object. The installation allows users to manipulate the digital artifacts, not only through the touchscreen interface, but through hand gestures as well. Re-Presenting Art gives the Lowe a new didactic canvas to inform, experience, and highlight items in its collection.
This was only our initial concept as we developed this project well through the pandemic. In it’s latest iterations it has become a web-based experience that anyone could experience outside of the museum space. I’ve primarily focused on bringing the experience across all the different formats and iterations we’ve presented. This overview is for our final mobile experience.
This experience lets a users view all of the scanned works through a mobile web application. Users can view, rotate, and scale masks in 3D. The application will let users cycle through all of the masks learning what they were used for, made of, and where they are from. Users can place masks in their environment.
Designed for exploration, this experience allows you to place special printable place cards in your environment and create your own museum. Users can physically move through their space with a phone or tablet and masks will appear on the place cards, allowing viewers to experience these artifacts in their own digital museum
This installation will display 6 masks on volumetric displays. Each display will animate through details and will let patrons enjoy these masks in the museum gallery. The installation will also invite users to visit and enjoy the webXR experiences.
Rachel De Paz
Lowe Art Museum