Following the recent conference “Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination,” UC San Diego is hosting the exhibit “EX3: Exodus, Cyber-Archaeology and the Future” through Sunday, June 9, 2013. Organized by UCSD’s Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands and BAR author Thomas E. Levy, the exhibit will “showcase alternative interpretations of the Exodus, using high-tech display tools in a museum-of-the-future setting.”
From the Out of Egypt program:
The Exodus in the Hebrew Bible, Egyptology and 21st century archaeology provided the theme and scholarly content. A team of archaeologists, Egyptologists, geoscientists, computer scientists, engineers, and digital media technologists worked together using scientific visualization and media tools to show how computerempowered scientists grapple with one of ancient history’s great mysteries – the Israelite Exodus from Egypt known from the Hebrew Bible. The exhibition took place in the Qualcomm Institute Theater, a reconfigurable performance space that was transformed into a museum space highlighting the use of new visual and audio technologies. A large format 8′x32′ 64 million pixel screen and several other tiled display systems were used for the computer visualizations, and a new 50-megapixel 3D large scale immersive display system called the WAVE, had its premier. New audio systems and content were developed by the Sonic Arts researchers to project archaeological and geological audio data. The entire transdisciplinary team, in addition, focused their collective skills on presenting results of research in Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE) cyberarchaeology in Jordan and its relation to a larger ancient Near Eastern historical problem, and achieved the goal of presenting original research for both scholarly and public dissemination in the format of the “museum of the future.”
Can’t make it to California this week? Download two FREE BAS eBooks to learn more about Cyber-Archaeology and Exodus scholarship.
Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land — The Future of the Past, written by pioneering members of UCSD’s Cyber Archaeology research community—Thomas E. Levy, Neil G. Smith, Mohammad Najjar, Thomas A. DeFanti, Albert Yu-Min Lin and Falko Kuester.
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