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“Senses of Venice” – A Collaborative Technology Exhibition

By: Stephen Toback

“Senses of Venice” launches today at the Chappell Family Gallery which is located at the intersection of the Perkins and Rubenstein Libraries on Duke’s West Campus. My team’s second major collaboration with the brilliant folks at Duke’s Art, Art History & Visual Studies@Duke with the addition on this project including the Duke University Libraries, our Trinity School’s AV Engineering Team and a very special collaborator, Brad Lewis, a gentleman from my past trade, the producer of Ratatouille and “How To Train Your Dragon 3”

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a “dual” display consisting of an interactive screen that is synchronized with a projector on the wall behind it creating an incredible immersive experience as well as an experience that can be shared by the guest using the display as well as those gathered around. This was developed in partnership with folks at the University of Padua as well as CamerAnebbia in Italy.

Another wonderful touch added by CamerAnebbia is the use of a “multi-plane” effect in the exhibit’s other interactive screen. This effect that was originally used by Walt Disney in his early films by painting animation on different layers of glass and moving them independently.

The exhibit will be in place through December so please stop by and experience this unique look at this vibrant and historically important city!

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