The Gabarron Foundation presents this unique and immersive experience in order to reach all those people who could not travel to Valladolid, Spain due to the extraordinary global situation of isolation caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
These VR experiences, accordingly, correspond to the exhibition "Enlightened Universe" held in Valladolid from October 24, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
Below we feature the two locations separately: Enlightened Universe, in Plaza San Pablo; and The Patio Herreriano Museum, on 6 Gorge Guillén Street, Valladolid, Spain.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!
We present a 360 immersive art exhibition that integrates 360 immersive photography and video featuring public art and at the museum exhibition, combining technology, entertainment and education to deliver different experiences.
The Gabarron Foundation innovates by integrating segmented immersive-experiences for its visitors within a web platform — no app or plugins needed— being one of the first institutions to do so.
Until now, immersive tours — British Newspaper The Guardian, top 10 virtual museum tours in the world— incorporated one experience for 360 photographic immersion panoramas. The Gabarron Foundation wanted to go a step further and incorporate not only one 360 immersive photography but three levels of experiences, as well as 360 immersive videos with the curator’s introduction in full 360, additional 360 aerial shots, and the possibility of interacting by being able to transform by the visitor the 360 environment into infinite unique images like the ones in the photographs below.
Today we present the first part of our VR exhibition "Gabarron, humanist of colors", unfolding the VR experiences of the exhibition Enlightened Universe at San Pablo square. These experiences have several options to maximize the visitors’ accessibility and enjoyment, both for those novices who are experiencing their first virtual exhibition (BROWSE), auto tours with the curator's presentation, as well as advanced visitors who want to explore all the creative possibilities (ADVANCE BROWSING).
SEGMENTED EXPERIENCES FOR EACH USER AND DEVICE
The first experience is the simplest for novice visitors, it is called "BROWSE", the visitor can move in a very easy way, like in a "Street view" from Google, also can do zoom in and out. The bird's eye view of the immersive panoramas are gigapixel quality, allowing great detail when zooming.
The second user experience is called "Auto Tour" in which the visitor just selects this option and the system "takes" her/him through a virtual tour in which he/she can see a large part of the whole exhibition without touching any other button.
The third experience "Advance Browsing" allows us to enjoy all the technological functionalities that technology allows, such as activating the panoramic gallery, changing the visual projection from rectilinear, spherical or fisheye — in whose interaction, the visitor can create impossible visions. If the user has a mobile device, he/she can activate the gyroscope, which will allow him/her to move the device as if it was a "window" that opens up to the immersive environment depending on where the user points with her/his smartphone and changes depending on where he/she turns the smartphone/tablet around.
The last feature, the VR menu, allows us to activate the contents for virtual reality glasses, so that our eyes will only perceive this full intense virtual reality experience.
The fourth experience takes us to the 360 immersive video on youtube featuring our curator Miguel Ángel Zalama, head of the Art History department at University of Valladolid. If the visitor has virtual reality headset, he/she can also be fully immersed in the videos.
Finally, we offer a link to the website of the exhibition "Gabarron, humanist of colors" where you can learn more about the artist's work, the curator's texts, and the artist's collaborations with the UN for the past 35 years.
From today our website incorporates in the main menu a "VR" link to our "Virtual Reality", as well as an exclusive dedicated web http://360.Gabarron.org highlighting our future commitment to this type of innovative content to educate, entertain and offer exhibitions without geographical or technological boundaries, while encouraging creativity with advanced tools.
In addition to the VR website, the Foundation makes the content available on platforms such as Google street view, — Plaza San Pablo - Google Maps, where anyone passing by can find these 360 tours from google maps. The Foundation´s plan for 360 immersive programs involves evaluating the incorporation of its exhibitions to specific virtual reality content platforms such as Oculus, among others.
For this first exhibition, more than 500 stereoscopic photographs have been taken, of which we only see 14 in this first phase of the San Pablo exhibition. Soon we will have the second phase of the exhibition, inside and outside Patio Herreriano Museum, with 44 stereoscopic zones, 5 videos inside the immersive experience, plus the contents of other activities done during the exhibition program like our ORG Think Tank. We will follow the same concept for segmenting the user´s experiences with "browse"/ "advance browsing", and many "auto tours" of each room with the curator's guide on each step. An impressive Gigapixel will feature extreme details of the massive mural "Cain's Altarpiece" — 13 ft height by 79 ft wide (2 x 24 m). Finally, there are 15 immersive 360 videos of the curator Zalama and the poet Carlos Aganzo.
In the near future we will also include our unique approach focused on the user's immersive experience into virtual reality, incorporating the new exhibitions and the Cristobal Gabarron Museum in Mula, Murcia, Spain.
The exhibition "Gabarron, humanist of colors" opened on October 24, 2020 in Valladolid, by the Mayor Óscar Puente; the Director General of the United Nations, International Organizations and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Marcos Gómez; and the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
The physical exhibition was closed in a modest ceremony on January 8, 2021, attended by the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Tourism, Ana Redondo; the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania, Lyra Puisyte-Bostroem; the Ambassador of the Republic of Malta, Daniel Azzopardi; the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Ivan Jančárek; and the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Anar Maharramov, among other personalities.