23.5.10

GETTY MUSEUM DEBUTS CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY FOR AUGSBURG CABINET


TO SHOWCASE ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX OBJECTS IN ITS COLLECTION, THE J PAUL GETTY MUSEUM WILL DEBUT CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE A 17th CENTURY DISPLAY CABINET FROM AUGSBURG, GERMANY. USING AUGMENTED REALITY (AR), VISITORS TO THE GETTY'S WEBSITE WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO THE FASCINATING OBJECT. THE AUGSBURG DISPLAY CABINET, OR KABINETTSCHRANK, IS THE CENTERPIECE OF ONE OF FOUR NEWLY REINSTALLED GALLERIES IN THE MUSEUM'S NORTH PAVILION. A STUNNING PIECE OF FURNITURE, IT SERVED AS A REPOSITORY FOR RARE AND EXOTIC OBJECTS SUCH AS MEDALS, GEMS AND SHELLS. DISPLAYED ON A RENAISSANCE MARBLE TABLE, EACH OF THE CABINET'S FOUR SIDES ARE OPEN TO REVEAL ITS UNEXPECTEDLY COMPLEX SERIES OF DRAWERS, DOORS, AND CUPBOARDS. A FOLDING MEDAL DISPLAY CASE CONTAINS A COLLECTION OF GEMS, RINGS, COINS AND MEDALS FROM THE MUSEUM'S SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS AND ANTIQUITIES COLLECTIONS, WHILE A MIRRORED DOOR ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE REFLECTS THE VIEWER. THE AR FEATURE ALLOWS USERS TO EXPERIENCE THE AUGSBURG CABINET VIA A 3-D OBJECT OVERLAY ON A LIVE VIDEO FEED FROM THE VIEWER'S WEBCAM, IN THIS CASE, A SIMULATION OF THE CABINET. THE MODEL SPINS, TILTS, AND RESPONDS AS THE VIEWER INTERACTS WITH IT, CREATING THE SENSE OF PARTICIPATION. THE AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE WAS CREATED BY THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION INFORMATION & ACCESS DEPARTMENT, CHARGED WITH DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE MEANS TO PRESENT OBJECTS IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION TO EMPOWER VISITORS TO DIRECT THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE WITH THE WORKS OF ART.
TO EXPLORE THE AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY, AND EXPLORE THE AUGSBURG DISPLAY CABINET, VISIT www.getty.edu/collectorscabinet.

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