THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS AT THE DIGITAL SHOWCASE

Published on 4 February 2018

Credit: Yang Yongliang

Find out how art and heritage can be presented in new ways with digital technology.

By Melanie Lee

Do not be fooled by the humble size of “The Digital Showcase” exhibition, for in it lies plenty of cutting-edge possibilities in terms of how art and heritage can be presented with the latest digital technology. The featured international projects show how museums can redefine current exhibition boundaries with Virtual Reality (VR) explorations, micro-CT scanning technology, optical systems and augmented reality.

“The Digital Showcase” is part of the DigiMuse initiative by the National Museum of Singapore, which aims to build a vibrant cultural sector invested in digital innovation.

ETERNAL LANDSCAPE

Credit: Yang Yongliang

Chinese artist Yang Yongliang uses Google Tilt Brush to create a seemingly living and breathing Song Yuan mountain landscape with roaming creatures. Visitors can immerse themselves in this picturesque world he has created with a Virtual Reality headset.

3D PRINT REPRODUCTION OF ANNUNCIATION; NATIVITY, 1500-1530

Credit: Kasey Low

Examine an intricate 3D print reproduction of an early 16th-century prayer bead from the Art Gallery of Ontario which reveals two carvings: the Annunciation and the Nativity. Its reproduction was made possible through micro CT scanning with an advanced 3D analysis software that deconstructed the bead into composite pieces.

SMALL WONDERS: THE VR EXPERIENCE

Credit: Melanie Lee

This VR experience, also from the Art Gallery of Ontario, takes you inside a 16th century gothic prayer bead. From here, you can explore the intricate carvings through micro-computed tomography. You can move through, around and within the prayer bead, something one would never be able to do in real life.

COLLIDERCASE

Credit: Kasey Low

This is a unique museum display case by Bright White Ltd. in the UK that combines real-life fragments from York Minister in the UK with holographic digital content that “unfolds” around the physical artefacts, creating context through multi-layered information and images.

PROSTHETIC REALITY

Credit: Kasey Low

This Augmented Reality art book transforms static artworks from 45 artists around the world with layer of animation. These seemingly magical effects are done using EyeJack, an Augmented Reality app and platform created by Stu Campbell and Lukasz Karluk.

ANIMAL 4D+

Credit: Kasey Low

Watch flashcards come to life by downloading the Animal 4D+ app for free on the App Store and Google Play Store. There is even an interactive feature that allows you to “feed” the 3D animals that pop out from the cards. It’s just like having a virtual zoo!

DIGIMUSE OPEN CALL

The National Museum of Singapore is inviting creative innovators, artists and creatives who are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents to submit proposals on digital art and innovative concepts to enhance visitor experience at the museum. There are two categories – Museum Experience and Art & Creatives.  Click here for more information.

“The Digital Showcase” is at the National Museum of Singapore’s Concourse Gallery (Level 1) till Sun 4 March 2018. Click here for more information.

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