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Small Wonders: The Virtual Reality Experience

Free with Museum admission

Immerse yourself inside a 16th-century prayer bead and explore the intricate carvings made visible through the power of micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and virtual reality. Produced by the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation, this artistic and technical collaboration between AGO Conservator Lisa Ellis, and Interactive Artist/Designer Priam Givord marks the first time anyone will be able to move through, around, and within one of these small wonders.

Five-minute sessions are available at the following times: Friday, March 31–Sunday, April 2 and Friday, May 12–Sunday, May 14, 10:30 am–5:00 pm in the Fuentidueña Chapel. Your session will be one of six available in a half-hour period.

Please arrive before the start of your half-hour period. We regret that we cannot hold your place if you are late.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver before using the equipment.

Participants must be 13 years old or older. Parental signature is required for participants under the age of 18.

Waivers will presented to registrants to sign at check-in.

Register online through the link below.

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AGO Conservator: Lisa Ellis

VR Creative & Technical Director: Priam Givord

Producer(s): Ana Serrano, CFC Media Lab, Mark Jones, Seneca

Technical Team:

Craig Alguire, Quantum Capture

Morgan Young, Quantum Capture

Tyrone Melkitoy, Mobius Interactive

Narrator: Gillian McIntyre

Music: Treasures of Devotion: Spiritual Songs in Northern Europe, 1500–1540 performed by The Boston Camerata. Conceived by the Camerata’s artistic director and vocalist Anne Azéma

Micro CT Scans: Andrew Nelson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sustainable Archaeology, Western University

Built for the HTC Vive platform, this VR experience was designed and prototyped in Derivative Touch Designer and assembled in Unity 3D.

Above: Rosary (detail), 1500–1539. Netherlandish. Boxwood, L: 20 7/8 in. (52.8 cm). Musée du Louvre, Département des Objects d'art, Paris. © Musée du Louvre, Photo: Craig Boyko/Ian Lefebvre

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