Rita Lucarelli on "Cultural contexts for immersive visualization and VR"

Conference/Symposium | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:

Rita Lucarelli studied at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2005). Her Ph.D. thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC. From 2005 to 2010, Lucarelli held a part-time position as a Lecturer of Egyptology at the University of Verona, Italy. From 2009 to 2012, she worked as a Research Scholar on the Book of the Dead Project at the University of Bonn, Germany. She was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Italian Academy of Advanced Studies of Columbia University (2009) and at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) of NYU (2012). Until June 2014 she worked as a Research Scholar and a Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Department of Egyptology of Bonn University, and she held a part-time position as a Lecturer of Egyptology at the University of Bari in Italy.

Rita Lucarelli is currently Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the Near Eastern Studies Department at UC Berkeley and Assistant Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley and Fellow of the Digital Humanities in Berkeley. She is presently working at a project aiming at realizing 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins of the Hearst Museum; the magical spells decorating these objects are taken as case-study for investigating the materiality of the text in relation to ancient Egyptian funerary literature.

Rita Lucarelli is completing a monograph on demonology in ancient Egypt and she is one of the coordinators of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: http://www.demonthings.com.

Website for the project "The Book of the Dead in 3D" on the visualization of ancient Egyptian coffins through photogrammetry:


About the talk:

In this lecture a new collaborative project will be introduced, which aims at developing and integrating applications of visualization technologies in the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, history of art and history of ancient Egypt, into immersive visualizations and VR/AR applications that allow scholars, students and the interested public to navigate from the large landscape, to the monument, and to the magically inscribed sarcophagus in its ancient Egyptian context.

In particular, I will focus on the work carried out at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology of UC Berkeley, where we have built a few 3D models of inscribed ancient Egyptian sarcophagi and coffins.

Ancient Egyptian coffins are fascinating artefacts whose rich and complex iconographic and textual decoration provides a central source for the study of the ancient Egyptian religion and funerary culture. Three-dimensional visualizations are extremely useful for studying the materiality of the magical texts (many of them belonging to the “Book of the Dead” genre) copied on the coffins. The technical issues encountered while building the 3D models with Agisoft Photoscan software will be also presented while discussing the important role that photogrammetry and 3D techniques of visualizations are playing in the current research on ancient artefacts and archaeological contexts in Egypt.

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