Erasmus MC visit – The Ispace

Post by: Joris Weijdom Add comments
LangePoten, Stereoscopie

IMG_6149.jpgCarla arranged a meeting at the Erasmus Medical Center where they have a so called I-space (see Barco website for more information). We met with Dr. Anton Koning at the Department of Bioinformatics. They showed us first an interesting transparent foil that was put on a transparent perspex plate (see Glimm website for more information). The loss of light reflection was seemingly low enough to maintain the possibility for polarized stereoscopics.

Next was a presentation of the Ispace, a CAVE-like environment, where Anton showed a biomedical 3D scan of a head and pregnant woman. Both scans could be rotated and viewed with dissecting planes in real-time. In a scan of a human heart you could actually see a recording of the beating in 3D. The system tracks the wand-like tool trough infrared cams, head-positions where, unlike the CAVE, not tracked. The stereoscopy was through polarization so glasses are really cheap, unlike the CAVE that uses wireless shutter glasses that cost a lot more.

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All together the presentation was nice. However it became very clear that a similar setup for theatrical purposes would put serious limits on the amount of public that could witness the performance (the space was already full with the four of us). Also the software environment is very technical and only customizable through the use of programming in Python and C++.

Anton made clear that his department had in the past worked together with artists to produce a performance called ‘Halima’ in cooperation with the SARA institute in Amsterdam. This was however not a big success for many reasons. So possibilities for support from Erasmus for the GAME/JAN project was simply non-existent.

So as a conclusion the transparent foil was the most inspiring in terms of its possibilities for performance in a larger space. The use of stereoscopy needs to be really tested in a much larger setup that probably will be much more frontal than the immersive cubicle of the Ispace. A big screen on the background combined with transparent mobile screens could result in a frontal but physically layered stage. This really needs to be tested.


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