Friday, January 09, 2009

1000 year old runestone digitally presented - amazing!

Using advanced projection techniques, a 1000-year-old runic stone at the cultural history museum in Randers, Denmark, is brought to life. The story written in the runes is told using a combination of animations, surround sound, and an interactive game that tempts the spectator to play with the runes.

Once a spectator approaches the stone, it immediately lights up and becomes a canvas for the narration. The first part of the sequence is an animation telling the dramatic story of Eskil and Thore, who drowned during a violent storm. The second part simulates the runes being carved by Eskil’s father, Åne, followed by a sequence of various effects that illustrate the passage of time and the different seasons. Eventually, the stone cracks and reveals the runes in flames.

As the flames die out, all the words slide from their places and onto the floor before the stone. The spectator can interact with the runes, and eventually kick them back to their starting points.

Check out the video of the entire sequence:

On display now at the Cultural History Museum in Randers, Denmark, courtesy of the University of Aarhus.

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