An exploration of virtual mask content generation and exhibition to wider audiences
This PhD project is match-funded by NGSENS, a Swiss company based in Geneva (https://ngsens.com/). Specifically, NGSENS develops, amongst others, traditional web presence content, streaming technologies and cutting-edge digital content such as 360° video plus high-definition media. NGSENS has recently been involved as an IT provider for the presence of the GEANTS puppets in Geneva, an event gathering more than 800,000 people in total attendance. In addition to this, NGSENS was responsible for the interactive geo-localization of the puppets, web presence and interactive technologies.
The project proposed for this match-funded studentship involves the digitalisation and innovative usage of the collection of famous theatre masks designed by the Swiss artist Werner Strub. The larger project this doctorate is a part of combines state-of-the-art-development of technologies, leading to new ways of experimenting with art collections virtually. It has already gathered a wide support of several leading institutions in Switzerland.
The first phase of the (PhD) project is envisaged to take place as follows:
1) the first stage will involve the 3D scanning, archiving and metadata profiling of a collection of ~300 masks
2) there will also be the development of a 3D visualization platform, allowing users to see themselves wearing a selection of different masks, using augmented reality (technologies and specific platforms to be determined)
3) there will be a planned exhibition and publication at the prestigious Bodmer Foundation in Geneva starting in October 2020 (and finishing in April 2021). This exhibition will feature a selection of real masks, combined with two dedicated booths, allowing the public to sit down and experience wearing the collection of masks virtually, whilst seeing themselves in the virtual environment
There is, after the above, a planned, second phase of the project, which will take place as follows; it will focus on the development of a proof of concept prototype of a virtual stage on a theatre’s real stage, allowing the audience(s) to see the actors wearing virtual clothing and masks.
How to apply:
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Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.
The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:
• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).
Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.
Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.