Project Description

Virtual History -Roman Forum VR experience

“Virtual History” reconstructs the Roman Forum as a VR experience space

A project by the Film University Potsdam makes a virtual walk through the Roman Forum possible. As a result, viewers can experience history “real” and interact with what they have seen and heard. The pilot project “Virtual History” researches new forms of representation in film on the one hand, and on the other hand it creates a medium for the experimental use of scientific results, which should initiate further critical discourses and questions. For scientists and the public, it means: Virtual history experience is a means to approach a real understanding of history.

In order to place the Roman politician, lawyer and philosopher Cicero as lifelike as possible in the digital environment, the developers at the film university were able to win actor Joachim Berger from Potsdam’s Hans Otto Theater for three-dimensional scanning in the volumetric studio on the premises of Studio Babelsberg . Berger was dressed in a toga and made-to-order Roman sandals. The volumetric studio in Babelsberg – there are only a few such facilities worldwide – is equipped with 32 cameras. It enables hologram-like representations of real people.

The pilot project “Virtual History” researches new forms of representation in film on the one hand, and on the other hand it creates a medium for the experimental use of scientific results, which should initiate further critical discourses and questions. For scientists and the public, it means: Virtual history experience is a means to approach a real understanding of history.

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Filmuniversity Potsdam
2019
8min
Virtual Reality
Volucap
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