Posted on | January 30, 2012 | 19 Comments
February 16th | 6pm
Axiom is pleased to host a performance and discussion of the Egyptian Oracle, produced by PublicVR and Puppet Showplace Theater. It is a mixed-reality reenactment of an authentic public ceremony from ancient Egypt’s Late Period. The interactive Virtual Egyptian Temple is projected onto the wall at life scale, extending the physical theater into an virtual space. The high priest (on the right in the image) is an avatar controlled by a live human puppeteer, Brad Shur. The supporting actress (Brenda Huggins) stands in front of the screen, in costume, mediating the experience. Audience members represent the Egyptian populace acting out brief roles in the drama. In the drama, the will of the temple god moves the sacred boat to render judgments, bestow blessings, and make predictions. This 90-second video is better than any explanation:
This project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and continues to develop, as we seek to broaden the interaction, deepen the narrative, and improve the artwork. The full report and the open source code are available at:
The performance is about 40 minutes long and will begin at 6:00pm. There will be a brief discussion afterward about the show in particular, especially for questions around the Egyptology, the puppetry, and how other cyber artists might employ the open source for the Egyptian Oracle.
After an intermission, Dr. Jacobson, Director of PublicVR, will speak on how we can use technology to extend the psychological space (virtual reality and mixed reality). He will survey the basic methods and approaches and describe the current state-of-the-art. He will introduce methods and tools that the cyber arts community can make immediate use of.
PublicVR is a Boston-area nonprofit dedicated to research in virtual reality for education and the arts. Dr. Jacobson has been involved in virtual reality for 20 years, especially in the area of display design and cultural heritage. For more information see http://publicvr.org.