Panorama of the Sanctuary at Saint John the Baptist Church, Brunswick, Maine

Saint John the Baptist Church of Brunswick, Maine is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Founded in 1877, Saint John the Baptist Church was created to serve the French Canadian population in Brunswick and the surrounding area.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Saint John the Baptist Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

New Google Cardboard VR Title Release

Please check out my new Google Cardboard VR app entitled, “Four New England Churches VR” for most mobile phone devices.

Four New England Churches VR” is a free Google Cardboard VR app of four Episcopal church sanctuaries from my online project, Sacred Spaces of New England.

For those who are new to Google Cardboard, it is a virtual reality platform that uses a relatively low-cost cardboard or plastic viewer in conjunction with a mobile phone device to create an immersive experience.

Here’s a link to the app: https://seththompson.info/sacredspacesne/four-new-england-churches-vr/

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, Massachusetts

Trinity Lutheran Church of Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Formed in 1948, Trinity Lutheran Church is the result of the merger of three nearby parishes: First Evangelical Lutheran Church (1881), Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church (1900) and Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church (1921). Designed by architect and World War I pilot Jens Frederick Larson, Trinity’s structure is inspired by both New England’s traditional architecture and Scandinavian church design, as many of the founding parishioners were of Swedish descent.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Trinity Lutheran Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, Worcester, Massachusetts

St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church of Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Throughout the gold-painted sanctuary are illuminated icon paintings by Worcester-based iconographer Dhimitri Cika.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine

First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Founded in 1717, First Parish Church’s current structure, completed in 1846 and designed by architect Richard Upjohn, is a radical departure from the traditional congregational church design that preceded it. The Gothic Revival design sparked a major shift from “puritan simplicity” that would spread across the country.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the First Parish Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Lecture at the 24th IPC International Panorama Conference: “Cultural Heritage Through the Lens of the Panorama: Painted and Digital Panoramic Re-Presentations of Versailles”

Recently, I presented my paper entitled,”Cultural Heritage Through the Lens of the Panorama: Painted and Digital Panoramic Re-Presentations of Versailles” at the 24th IPC International Panorama Conference in Namur, Belgium, September 9-12, 2015.

Below is the paper’s abstract:

Since the advent of the painted panorama in the late 18th century, one of the goals for many panorama artists has been to faithfully depict the cultural landscape. The themes for the panorama have ranged from re-presenting locations such as Versailles, Salzburg and The Hague to events such as the Battle of Gettysburg. With the advent of computer technology and comprehensive data capture such as vr panoramic photography, video and scanning technologies, the notion of the panorama offers renewed opportunities in the re-presentation, preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage. For example, Google’s World Wonders Project, which was launched in 2012, is a platform to showcase world heritage sites. Utilizing Google technologies such as Street View, which provides street level panoramic views along various paths to simulate the notion of exploring a place, the World Wonders Project offers an alternative experience of visiting world heritage sites from the ancient temples of Kyoto to Pompeii. By comparing and contrasting two panoramic projects of Versailles, one being a painted panorama by John Vanderlyn completed in 1819 and the other, which is part of Google’s World Wonders Project, this paper will attempt to address such questions as: What is the purpose of heritage and how is it used? Is the re-presentation of heritage different in the digital versus the painted panorama? Has the notion of depicting cultural heritage changed since the 19th century? The paper will conclude with practical, useful recommendations to inform current and future initiatives in developing panoramic imaging projects for the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage.

If you would like to download the conference program, please go to:
http://panoramacouncil.org/pics/files/documents/2015_Namur_program.pdf

If you would like to download the conference abstracts and speakers’ biographies, please go to:
http://panoramacouncil.org/pics/files/documents/2015_Namur_Abstracts_and_biographies_speakers.pdf

Conference paper will be posted at a later date.

Keywords: Painted Panorama, Cultural Heritage, Versailles, John Vanderlyn, Google’s World Wonders Project

Lecture at ISEA 2015: “VR Panoramic Photography and Hypermedia: Drawing from the Panorama’s Past”

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Recently, I presented my paper entitled,”VR Panoramic Photography and Hypermedia: Drawing from the Panorama’s Past” at the 21st International Symposium of Electronic Art (a.k.a. ISEA 2015) in Vancouver, Canada.

Below is the paper’s abstract:

Since the 1787 patent of the immersive 360-degree painted panorama by Robert Barker, the panorama has been used as a narrative storytelling tool. With VR (virtual reality) panoramic photography in tandem with the notion of hypermedia, the VR panorama can further advance the idea of storytelling as both an object and an interface. Using the principles of Robert Barker’s patent of the panorama as a point of departure to explore the conceptual relationship between painted and screen-based panoramas, this paper will explore: how the potential for a hypermedia system can be found in the painted panorama; the unique qualities of the computer-based panorama; and discuss related hardware advances for the digital panorama, which appear to bring us closer to Robert Barker’s original intent as an immersive image space for the masses.

If you would like to download the conference paper, please go to:
http://isea2015.org/proceeding/submissions/ISEA2015_submission_46.pdf

Thompson, Seth. “VR Panoramic Photography and Hypermedia: Drawing from the Panorama’s Past.” In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada, August 14-19, 2015. ISSN: 2451-8611 ISBN: 978-1- 910172-00-1.

Keywords: VR Panoramic Photography, Hypermedia, Narrative, Painted Panorama, Immersive Image Spaces

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island

Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Founded in about 1698, Trinity Church is the oldest Episcopal parish in Rhode Island.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Trinity Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, Rhode Island

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence, Rhode Island is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. With roots that date back to 1832, the parish of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the mother church of the Diocese of Providence, celebrated its first mass in 1838. Its intentional grand scale and placement within the community reflects the significance that the Roman Catholic faith continues to have within Providence.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at North Church of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

North Church of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Formally organized in 1671 as “The Church of Christ in Portsmouth”, North Church’s roots can be traced back to 1638 when the first public worship in town was held. North Church has a notable list of members and visitors, which includes: General William Whipple, who signed the Declaration of Independence, John Langdon, signer of the U.S. Constitution and President George Washington.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the North Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.