On the eve of the 100th anniversary of I.E. Grabar All-Russian Scientific-Restoration Art Centre , the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Centre presented to the media a new multimedia project featuring elements of augmented reality dedicated to the restoration of Museum exhibits.
The application is already available for download on Appstore and Play Store and can be seen in operation at the exhibition titled “The Art of Restoration. I.E. Grabar All-Russian Scientific-Restoration Art Centre’s Tribute to Russia’s Museums” that will be held in the Library for Foreign Literature from 31 March through 17 April 2016.
Our presentation was held in the format of a restorative photography exhibition featuring augmented reality elements. At first unaided sight, only posters with images of museum exhibits are displayed at the exhibition. However, when pointing the smart phone’s camera with the Centre’s mobile application at these exhibits one will be able to see the object in the format of augmented reality, i.e. its original representation resulting from natural disasters, accidents or centuries-old impacts prior to restoration. Users will be able to learn the most interesting facts of the history of museum exhibits, to share this information in social networks, etc.
The application is developed by Next Space, the Skolkovo Foundation resident that has developed a large number of high-tech products in the field of culture, including such well-known products as interactive three-dimensional guide to UNESCO 20 monuments and Virtual Museum of Architecture.
This project used the augmented reality technology so that the visitors could live a new experience. Due to modern imaging technologies and tracking, interactive communication of visitors with exhibits has become a reality. Over six months the I.E. Grabar All-Russian Scientific-Restoration Art Centre and Next Space have exercised the interaction of visitors with exhibits. The application has undergone over 10 iterations and, as a result, has resulted in great interest among visitors during its usage.
However, the mobile application of the I.E. Grabar All-Russian Scientific-Restoration Art Centre is only a part of a multimedia complex. In addition to the application it comprises a virtual museum and multimedia interactive presentations of the monuments of history and art after restoration belonging to the collections of small and regional museums of Russia. These presentations are made in the form of an interactive narrative on the most complex restoration processes and discoveries. At the same time the virtual museum provides the wide availability of these materials.
Finally, the third part of the project is the updated website of the I.E. Grabar All-Russian Scientific-Restoration Art Centre that has made sales of the mobile application and multimedia presentations technically feasible.