Feb 9, 2018 | By Benedict

BBC R&D, part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has launched the Civilisations Augmented Reality (AR) app, which was created with digital agency Nexus Studios. 3D scanning was used to digitize many fascinating artifacts, including famous artworks, for the app.

Civilisations, a new nine-part BBC series hosted by Simon Schama, Mary Beard, and David Olusoga, is going to hit TV screens this Spring, and the BBC has been talking up the show’s uniqueness.

According the BBC, the documentary series will look at the origins of human creativity, from ancient cave drawings to contemporary photography.

Excitingly, Civilisations is also going to be something of a multimedia experience, because BBC R&D has created an augmented reality app for the program, collaborating with over 200 organizations around the UK to 3D scan historical creative artifacts.

These artifacts include Rodin's The Kiss, a famous sculpture from the National Musem of Wales Cardiff, The Torquay Mummy from the Torquay Museum, and Madonna & Child from the National Museum of Scotland.

The AR app, which will be available for iOS and Android when the series starts, will bring these artifacts to life within a digital exhibition that will be updated each week.

BBC R&D is also making both in-house and third party digital tools for partners of the Civilisations Festival, helping them find new ways of telling stories. For example, cultural organizations can use a 360 video tool developed by BBC R&D called “EEVO” to digitize and display their collections. The 360 environment lets viewers enjoy hotspots, branching narrative, and 3D audio features.

BBC R&D has also developed Canvas, which lets arts organizations tell stories in a visually compelling way.

“We want to leave a powerful legacy of lifelong cultural enrichment and bring a whole new generation of people together through the arts in a way that only the BBC can,” said Tony Hall, BBC Director General.

 

 

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