VIDEO.  Come and draw in the digital cave in Mayenne

VIDEO. Come and draw in the digital cave in Mayenne

Thanks to Paléograph’ you can draw like cavemen at the Museum of Prehistory in Thorigné-en-Charnie (Mayenne). ©Sable News

In short supplygo out ideas During All Saints’ Day ? Why not a trip to Museum of Prehistory in Thorigné-en-Charnie (Mayenne)?

The site is offering various activities before its annual closure on Monday 14 November 2022.

Among them is an immersive installation unique in Europe to discover, Paléograph’ #2. Immersed in the dark, I tested for you the experience offered by this almost five meter long digital wall.

Inside the virtual cave

In the heart of the museum, you have to pull back the heavy curtains to immerse yourself in the large, dark room where the Paleograph takes place. A small screen tells us how the installation works.

The interior of the cave appears on a large, slightly curved screen. All around us are the sounds of water drops falling. As if we were there!

I am invited to place my hand on the canvas. Like cavemen, I leave my palm print on the wall. Then I can even draw whatever I want on it, as if I were holding charcoal between my fingers.

About 4000 images

An activity “that is very popular with young and old. It allows us to create a joint work,” comments Ulrich Fromy, site manager.

Before clarifying: “it is a device that is not intended to be scientific, but rather artistic around the symbolism of gesture”.

An installation that highlights the drawings found in the Saulges caves.
An installation that highlights the drawings found in the Saulges caves. ©Sable News

A loop of sequences lasting five to ten minutes is scrolled. He refers in particular to the drawings of birds found in the cave of Margot v Saulges.

At the beginning of the experience, you were in the Mayenne-Sciences cave, which is not open to the public. It was reconstructed in 3D thanks to the capture of around 4000 photographs. She is best known for her drawings of horses.

Ulrich Fromy, head of the Museum of Prehistory

Swiss system adapted for the museum

Paleograph was born from the imagination of visual artist Anne Dubos and Jan Schacher, professor at the Haute École des Arts de Zurich.

This is a unique facility in Europe around Paleolithic parietal art. Jan presented his Immersive Lab in Switzerland for the first time, which works on the same principle as Paleograph’, but in 360°.

This is the first time the device has been used outside of Switzerland and outside of a university setting to reach us. “It was specially adapted for the museum,” explains Ulrich Fromy.

Before the web, virtual reality headsets

Before Paloégraph’ #2, it was the first installation to be tested at the museum in 2018-2019.

We provided a virtual reality helmet with a hand sensor for wall interaction. Feedback from visitors was very positive.

But the downside “is that the experience was closed and experienced in an individual way. This participative page that we find on the web today did not exist. Here is an experience you can enjoy as a family. »

Paléograph’ #2 was installed in the fall of 2020, but due to sanitary conditions, the canvas was only opened to the public a year ago.

If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time to take advantage of it!

Museum of Prehistory, 650, chemin de la Roche Brault in Thorigné-en-Charnie. Contact on 02 43 90 51 30.
Paleograph’ #2 can be visited for free, animation included in the price of the ticket For those who would like to learn more about the history of this installation, special visits are scheduled this Friday, October 28 and Friday, November 4 at 3 p.m.

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