News from Drematrix

June 2, 2022

Theatrum Mundi - Multimedia exhibition in the Lipsiusbau

Lotte Krause
On June 6th 2022 the exhibition "Der Schlüssel zum Leben. 500 Jahre mechanische Figurenautomaten" has been opened. Next to many different pieces of art and inventions there is an original Theatrum Mundi from the 19th century displayed.

In collaboration with the Puppentheatersammlung of the SKD we developed a multimedia application: In front of the 5 x 2m wide stage there is a foil clamped, on which (when being activated) a performance is projected to. This performance is inspired by historical theatre programs and digitalised in 3D. Left and right of the stage coulisses decorate the stage setting and figures on little carriages move slowly from one side to the other across rails.

The project also includes a media station, on which visitors can produce their own performance. Through touching they can drag and drop coulisses, figures and even music pieces to rails.

This application was developed in a one-year research project, so that performances can now be put together close to reality.

June 28, 2021

Multimedia exhibition about the Zwinger officially opened

Markus Wacker
In 2007 the Nymphenbad was under renovation. In order to show the visitors this hidden gem in the Dresden Zwinger, a visualization film was created. This soon resulted in a much larger project with around 30 students and employees. The work was initially organized via htw-dresden.de/~zwinger and resulted in an own documentation tool DokuVis by Jonas Bruschke. Further development will be funded by the DFG in 2022/2023 as part of the IDOVIR project.

Very detailed 3D models of existing buildings as well as drafts and ideas were created and evaluated in a feasibility study for a museum presentation. The tender for implementation won mbox Berlin, who implemented the exhibition as a multimedia VR spectacle Zwinger Xperience. The exhibition was officially opened on June 28th, 2021. On the occasion of the opening, the MDR Sachsenspiegel reported on the project and the exhibition.

April 30, 2021

Urban History 4D project finished

Jonas Bruschke
After more than 4.5 years, the HistStadt4D project is now coming to a close by the end of April 2021. We have used the time well for our research activities and also the 4D Browser has constantly evolved. But, the development of our research tool is not over yet. Several projects will continue to work on and with the 4D Browser:

Denkmalschutz4D – Digitale stadträumliche Vermittlung von anthropogenen Einflussfaktoren und Schutzmaßnahmen zu baulichem Kulturerbe
HistKI – AI-based support of image source research and criticism

The 4D Browser is still available: 4dbrowser.urbanhistory4d.org

Nov. 6, 2020

Presentation at virtual CHNT 2020

Jonas Bruschke
Like many other conferences, this year's CHNT took place only virtually. Within the round table "The Power of Big Data of the Past – Building Blocks towards a virtual Time Machine" Jonas Bruschke presented the work of the Urban History 4D group in a short presentation "Insights into Collections of Spatialized Historical Photographs".

Sept. 6, 2019

Urban History 4D @ CIPA 2019 in Ávila

Jonas Bruschke
In September the research group was happy to present their recent work at the CIPA 2019 in Ávila. Four of our researchers travelled to the beautiful Ávila, a Spanish fortified city located about 2 hours west of Madrid. The fortification is well known and certainly played a role when Ávila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The imposing Walls of Ávila were built from the 11th to the 14th centuries. We started with a poster presentation entitled "Historical Photos and Visualizations: Potentials for Research" presented some ideas and visualizations. This year’s conference slogan was: Documenting the past for a better future, which fit very well with the Time Machine Workshop. The participants could get a glimpse of some associated projects like our Urban History 4D project. Jonas Bruschke and Cindy Kröber had prepared a mini hackathon centered on usability testing and evaluation using personas. Lastly, we used the opportunities to present our 4D Browser Prototype in the demo Session, were we received a lot of very useful and positive feedback.

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