June 2020 - January 2022
MediaScape XR is a Public-Private project, together with Sound and Vision (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid), researching innovative interaction technologies for providing enriched access to cultural collections. MediaScape explored novel mechanisms for making audiovisual content more approachable, accessible, and understandable in context. This new museum experience allows visitors to relive the history of museum pieces through the new medium of Social Virtual Reality. It illustrates how the traditional model of a museum experience as a passive observation is decisively shifting to active, interpretive engagement. Museums are rethinking and reworking their spaces to promote deeper understanding of their collections and mission, greater interactivity with their audiences, a fuller range of activities, and a more advanced usage of immersive technologies. The ongoing effort of digitizing museum collections has focused on the creation of digital surrogates as part of the preservationplan. MediaScape XR facilitates novel manners to enjoy and experience the artifacts or interact with them in meaningful and socially engaging ways.