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Mixed Reality Heritage Experience Design at a UNESCO World Heritage Site


CAVA is leading a collaboration between Culture Liverpool, Draw and Code,  Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Immersive Storylab to develop a ground-breaking participatory and immersive mixed reality experience. The team is creating a functional prototype for an entirely new kind of digital visitor experience that is being developed for and tested in one Liverpool’s' most iconic heritage buildings – the 19th century St George’s Hall (Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, built 1841–1854) which is intrinsic part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This mixed reality experience will immerse visitors in the famous case of Florence Maybrick who was accused of the alleged arsenic poising of her husband. In doing so, the project will take visitors on a journey back in time to experience and feel what it was like to encounter Liverpool’s late Victorian prison and justice system. The R&D prototype combines leading-edge technology for instance, high-resolution volumetric filming and Microsoft Hololens; both of which will enable visitors to see and walk up to seemingly living holograms in the building and incorporate live performances and interactions with characters from the past.

Prof Koeck, Director of CAVA states: "Technologies such as the ones we are using here will have major implications for architecture and cities in the near future. We are immensely proud to produce here what seems to be the world’s first volumetric, holographic, mixed reality experience for a building that is part of a UNESCO world heritage site. The lessons we are learning here and the impact from this will hopefully be considerable."

The project is produced by Richard Koeck and Pete Woodbridge and directed by Philip Wood. Particular thanks goes to actress Jessica Pritchard who is playing the character of Florence Maybrick as well all other actors that are part of the production. The technical realisation is provided by Draw and Code in Liverpool and Dimension Studios in London and the project is kindly supported by St George’s Hall, the Liverpool City Council | Culture Liverpool, as well as the University of Liverpool through its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Immersive Storylab: http://immersivestorylab.com
Draw and Code:http://www.drawandcode.com
Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts: https://www.lipa.ac.uk/
Dimension Studio:https://www.dimensionstudio.co
Culture Liverpool: https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk
St George’s Hall: https://www.stgeorgeshallliverpool.co.uk


Monday. 12 Feb 2018

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