In recent years, the technical innovation space has been dominated by the US and Asia, with Europe carrying a weight, but still praised above all for its art history and architecture.
Now tech-savvy Europhiles can enjoy a unique touch to the future as they delve into Europe’s past thanks to a new exhibition that uses augmented reality and the Microsoft HoloLens as the key to an immersive journey into the past.
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The M Leuven museum has launched “Between Heaven and Earth – Experience the Last Supper of the Bouts”
After donning one of a set of HoloLens 2 devices available in the facility, historical works in the Gothic Church, including Dieric Bouts’ ‘Last Supper’, can be viewed in a whole new way through gesture-controlled AR interactions .
M Leuven’s approach to combining traditional visual arts with the cutting-edge technology of the HoloLens 2 was officially launched in October, but now that the European public is allowed to mingle a little more in public space, Microsoft Belgium decided to remind us – via a new video demonstration (see below) – of what the experience is like.
As far as safety is concerned, the museum still observes strict social distance measures and disinfects the material associated with its exhibitions.
In addition, Belgium is one of the countries aggressively moving towards mass vaccination, with the aim of reopening most of its public facilities by September, if all goes well.
The exhibition, which was designed in collaboration with Studio Louter from Amsterdam, has already won the Muse Creative Award.
Admission to the interactive exhibition is free and admission is open every day except Wednesdays.