Nothing makes me happier than seeing brilliant people use our digitised cultural heritage to create new artistic expressions. Here’s Lucio Arese’s beautiful, philosophical, virtual wrecking of some the great sculptures of Western art history.This work bears evidence to the creative powers bubbling at the intersection of crowdsourcing and open heritage.
Les Dieux Changeants depicts virtual reproductions of five ancient masterpieces of Western art: the Laocoön Group, the Belvedere Hermes, the Belvedere Apollo, the Barberini Faun and the Athena Pallas Giustiniani.
The SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst (the National Gallery of Denmark) has created the 3d scans of all the statues portayed in the film. Those 3d scans are freely available on MyMiniFactory from the Statens Museum for Kunst profile. The 3d models are scanned from the Royal Cast collection of the Museum and the scanning process has been done by voluntaries from the Scan The World project.
The Museum has a big and growing collection of 3d models made available for the public. This is part of SMK Open, the Statens Museum for Kunst initiative to digitize their entire collection to make it freely available for the public to use, remix and re-elaborate to create new art.
This film encountered favor and great interest from the Museum and it’s being used by its best representatives in panels and conferences as a perfect example of what can be done with their digital legacy. In the words of Merete Sanderhoff, curator and senior advisor, Les Dieux Changeants “bears evidence to the creative powers bubbling at the intersection of crowdsourcing and open heritage”.