Interactive Diorama, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, 1632

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    The Interactive Diorama—Rembrandt, 1632, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is a virtual-reality simulation of the original artwork by Rembrandt realized by professor Lily Díaz-Kommonen with the Department of Media Systems of Representation research group at Aalto University.

    The seven doctors present at the original sitting have been re-created as 3D avatar placeholders with gestures, motion and speech. The setting of the lesson, which reputedly took place at the Amsterdam’s Barber’s Guild meeting space at Waag Society, has been rendered at the 1691 anatomical theatre (also at Waag), through the study of eighteenth-century paintings and by using photogrammetry.

    The work celebrates and deconstructs this important moment when the history of art and science converged in spectacle. The experience of the representation-based pictorial space of the canvas can be compared with the dynamic relational space created through the technologically embodied and enhanced perception characteristic of virtual reality environments.

    Entry into the Campus Exhibition is described in the art catalog: Stocker, G., Schöpf, C., and H. Leopoldseder (eds.) AI Artificial Intelligence, Are Electronica 2017, Festival for Art, Technology and Society, Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmgH, 2017, 214–215.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLinz
    PublisherArs Electronica Festival
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2017
    MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
    EventArs Electronica Festival - Linz, Austria
    Duration: 7 Sept 201711 Sept 2017


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