Technische Universität Dresden

Technische Visualistik

The body-perceiving museum

MEDIA ART HISTORIES 2013: RENEW 2013: The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

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Contemporary Media Art uses latest technologies as part of itself. Traditional museums are attracted by new technologies as well, and try to include them into their concepts, to expand the approach to the artefacts. In this paper we place the perspectival painting into focus of our discussion. An artist creates perspectival painting with consideration of the observer. The image configuration animates the passive observer to act. We assume that the position of the perspectival painting on the wall should depend on the observers’ viewpoint. Due to the different body height of the audience and the familiar hanging of paintings it is currently not possible to offer everyone the opportunity to step into the viewpoint. Therefore the relation between image, viewpoint and the enclosed room needs to be examined. To assure a consistency of the observation, the painting has to know about the presence of the observer. By using tracking technologies it is possible to offer an optimal view. The image geometry of the perspectival painting expands into the environment of the museum and immerses the observer. He adopts the image perspective as his own. With a first experiment we detected a significant relation between viewpoint and principle vanishing point. The enclosed room in front of the image is as important as the image and the observer. Therefore this unit has to be included by the creation of interactive environments.

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Franziska Hannß; Esther Lapzyna; Rainer Groh (2013). The body-perceiving museum.

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@incollection { author = {Franziska Hannß; Esther Lapzyna; Rainer Groh}, title = {The body-perceiving museum}, year = {2013}, }