VRVis converted two historical works of art into tactile reliefs for the Lower Austrian Provincial Exhibition 2019 "World in Motion".
Our researcher Cornelia Travnicek with a tactile relief of the VRVis at the Lower Austrian Provincial Exhibition 2019
The tactile relief of the gravestone of Emperor Friedrich III to touch.
The tactile relief of the painting of Maximilian I. enhances the art experience by the sense of touch.
Our researcher Daniela Stoll with the tactile relief of the gravestone of Emperor Frederick III at the Lower Austrian Provincial Exhibition 2019.
For a decade now, the Multiple Senses research group at VRVis has been investigating how Key Enabling Technologies such as Visual Computing can be used to make art more accessible for people with special needs. From the intensive research into the topics of Inclusive Digitization, Design for All and Accessibility in Museums, VRVis has developed, among other things, a process through which visual art can be translated into tactile reliefs using special software and an innovative milling process: Art to touch.
At the Niederösterreichische Landesausstellung 2019, two of these custom-made reliefs by VRVis were exhibited in addition to the original works of art. A famous painting of Maximilian I. and the tombstone of Emperor Friedrich III., which for several centuries could only be seen with the eyes, were made accessible for visually impaired and blind people, as well as for all visitors of the exhibition. The computer-aided method of VRVis can translate works of art with all their painterly details - up to casting shadows if the work of art requires it -, ornaments and perspectives in 2.5D tactile reliefs.