It tackles today’s pressing question of how humanity should deal with the destruction of cultural heritage.
“Rebuild Palmyra?” is a multimedia exhibition about the ancient city of Palmyra, its destruction by Daesh, and the question of whether it should be rebuilt. As such, it tackles today’s pressing question of how humanity should deal with the destruction of cultural heritage. In the design of the exhibition, we pursued the Blended Museum approach, in which we strive to seamlessly integrate interactive media into exhibition design to increase the overall visitor experience. In this work, we present the exhibition, which consists of four rooms. We focus on three interactive installations in which the topic of reconstructing Palmyra is mediated using new technologies such as 3D Printing, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality. The installations helped visitors in developing their own point of view on the question of rebuilding Palmyra. Lastly, we provide insights into the technical implementation of the installations and discuss the results of quantitative and qualitative evaluations.
Moritz Skowronski, Jonathan Wieland, Daniel Fink, Carla Gröschel, Daniel Klinkhammer, Harald Reiterer
Blended Museum, Exhibition, Cultural Heritage, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing; Tabletop
Blended Museum: The Interactive Exhibition “Rebuild Palmyra?”. Moritz Skowronski, Jonathan Wieland, Marcel Borowski, Daniel Fink, Carla Gröschel, Daniel Klinkhammer, and Harald Reiterer. 2018. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2018). DOI: 10.1145/3282894.3289746.
Rebuild Palmyra? — Zukunft eines umkämpften Welterbes. Moritz Skowronski, Jonathan Wieland, Marcel Borowski, Daniel Fink, Carla Gröschel, Daniel Klinkhammer, and Harald Reiterer. 2017. In Konferenzband EVA Berlin 2017: Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie.
Video of the “Rebuild Palmyra?” exhibition (in German):
Video of the augmented reality app (in German):