Maxwell Grantly

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The Time-Travelling Mirror

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You may already know that I am active, assisting Hauptmann Weydert with an online computer-generated three-dimensional reconstruction of 1867 Luxembourg. Just recently this project developed a most unusual twist, linking the past with the present.

Visitors to two local history museums in Luxembourg are already able to wander through a digital reconstruction of the Pffafenthal district of the city, using virtual reality headgear or computer screens. As they meander through the city’s streets, they are able to witness first-hand the architecture and layout of the city, as it appeared one hundred and fifty years ago.

Now this computer generated reconstruction has a very usual addition: a time portal to the current city of Luxembourg in the form of a ‘mirror’. The surface of this ‘mirror’ displays a live stream, taken from a webcam mounted in a shop front in modern day Luxembourg. At the same time, a computer screen has been placed within the very same shop window, showing time-travelling visitors to the museum wandering around the very same position, but one hundred and fifty years in the past. This means that, as museum visitors explore the digital reconstruction of their city, they are able to look at a live stream of the very same location, outside in the modern day streets of today. However, the passers-by in the streets are also able to use the computer screen to peer back into the antics of the museum time-travelling visitors, as they explore the city one hundred years in the past.

So time-travelling museum visitors are able to view the modern-day Luxembourg citizens and, at the same time, these modern-day citizens can watch the time-travelling museum visitors. The two different parties are even able to communicate using text, animations or basic gestures.

Isn’t that a really incredible concept!

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The Pfaffenthal Adventure

Work is continuing on the Pfaffenthal comic project. The completion date for this publication is set for midyear 2017. I hope that this video clip may whet your appetite.

Pfaffenthal Update

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Next year (2017) will be the 150th anniversary of the Second Treaty of London.

For people living outside Luxembourg, this date will have very little significance. However, for those who live and work in Luxembourg, the year 2017 will be an important opportunity to celebrate the reaffirmation of the neutrality of their city and a chance to remember the starting of a new chapter of this important European location.

The Second Treaty of London was an international treaty signed on 11 May 1867. It was agreed in the aftermath of the Austro-Prussian War and the Luxembourg Crisis and it had wide-reaching consequences for Luxembourg and for the relations between Europe’s Great Powers.

As part of the many celebrations planned for 2017, I am currently working with a team from across the whole of Europe; helping in the production of a transmedia comic strip set in a computer generated reconstruction of the 1867 city. The story revolves around a young Luxembourgish boy named Steft and it explains how his vivid imagination caused him to cross the paths of many different characters in and around his home city of Luxembourg.

If all goes to plan, the comic strip will be released some time next year and it is hoped that it may be a unique way of retelling the stories of the inhabitants of this important European City.

Pfaffenthal Adventure

It’s the Easter holidays and so I thought I would experiment with some ideas, taken from the recent pictures composed within Pfaffenthal (Note: this is not the final proposed comic and nor is it the intended format of the proposed publication. However, it might whet your interest for what has been happening recently.)

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Pfaffenthal in 1867

Pfaffenthal (Luxembourg,1867) from Pepa Cometa on Vimeo.

This beautiful video by Pepa Cometa will give you a flavour of the work that Hauptmann Weydert has already completed, in the construction of the Pfaffenthal reconstruction.

Visitors to the Luxembourg City Museum are able to walk through the computer-generated streets and so gain an appreciation of what the city was like, some 150 years ago.

 

Transmedia Storytelling

If you are curious to learn about my latest project, you might find the following blog update to be of interest.

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Just recently, Hauptmann Weydert, a reader from Luxembourg approached me with news of a historical project that he was coordinating and he asked for specific input. Previously, he had read some of my published eBooks and he could see the potential for transmedia storytelling, by my involvement in his project.

Hauptmann has created a three-dimensional computer generated replica of the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg, set at the time of 1867. The Luxembourg Crisis of 1866 nearly led to war between Prussia and France and brought about the Grand Duchy’s independence and neutrality being affirmed, by the Second Treaty of London of 1867. It was then that the surrounding city fortifications were demolished and Luxembourg underwent great change. (You may note that next year, 2017, will be the 150th anniversary of this important European date.

Hauptmann has many exciting ideas in developement, for the anniversary of this major UNESCO World Herittage site. He approached me for input regarding the creation of storylines for his charcaters, within the Pfaffenthal recreation. It sounded exciting and so I was happy to oblige.

Over the next few months, I shall be very pleased to update you with any develoments about this project.

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