Software Development, Light Design, Music, for the Virtual Reality installation Etruscanning, dedicated to the digital reconstruction of the famous Etruscan tomb Regolini Galassi of Cerveteri, discovered, still intact, in 1836. Inside the virtual reconstruction were relocated 3D objects representing the extraordinary original grave goods now preserved at the Gregorian Etruscan Museum of the Vatican Museums.
The most innovative element of the application is the interaction paradigm, based on the use of natural interaction interfaces. The public has the opportunity to explore the virtually reconstructed space, get closer to objects filled with symbolic meanings, touching them and listening to the narration of the high rank Etruscan dead, to whom this priceless kit was dedicated. All this without using joystick, mouse, keyboard, but only with the movement of the body, facing the projection area, in a simple and natural way.
Vatican Museums – Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Rome, Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, National Museum for Antiquities in Leiden, Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren.
CNR curator: Eva Pietroni (CNR-ITABC). Partners of the project: Allard Pierson Museum (the archaeological Museum of Amsterdam University), Amsterdam, National Museum for Antiquities in Leiden, Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren in Belgium, CNR-ITABC Rome, Visual Dimension in Ename – Belgium. Associate partners: the Vatican Museums and the Archaeological Superintendence of Southern Etruria.
Etruscanning won the 1st prize at the Archeovirtual 2012 event, among 20 applications from all over the world selected by an international commission. On the same occasion, Etruscanning was the application most voted by the public.
Etruscanning also won the first international prize all’IHA, Italian Heritage Award (http://www.italianheritageaward.org), in the category “Communication and Dissemination of Cultural Heritage”.
The application has been selected to be part of the exhibition “Italy of the Future” on the excellence of Italian research in various disciplines, organized by the MFA and the CNR.
The application is permanently hosted by the Vatican Museums in Rome.