Second day Numesthesia. Screen capture sensitive? – Reconstruct reality

On Friday 3 February 2023, the University of Rouen Normandy and ERIAC are hosting the second part of the cycle of Days of Awakening 2023organized by Marine Parra (University of Utrecht), Anne Réach-Ngô (University of Haute Alsace), Benoît Roux (University of Rouen Normandy).

After the first two editions devoted to the constitution of research data (2021) and their ethical bases (2022), the EVEille project wants to explore this year the place of sensibility in digital representation, questioning the participation of the five senses in the processing and transmission of scientific corpora and cultural objects. While the museographic field has long invested in digital equipment with the aim of improving heritage, the human sciences have only recently taken up this issue in conducting research projects.

Coining the neologism of numesthesia – born from the contraction of the digital term and the Greek aisthesis, which defines understanding through the perception of the intellect and the senses – the EVEille project presupposes that in the field of Humanities, sensory understanding is not only gathered to return in a large audience the phenomenological reality of a scientific object offered to the intellect of the expert. The notion also suggests that the epistemological approach engages sensitive devices of digital mediation to access, through the senses, the thickness of the scientific object and this, from the stage of data investigation.

The five-day course will draw a progressive course, from the most minimal digitization to the most advanced exploitation, to question the sensory regimes that intervene in the digital communication of the scientific, cultural and heritage object. It will be a matter of examining the way in which the five senses are sought in different ways, from the initial grasp of the research object to the production of a new scientific artefact, now dematerialized, through the various devices of its conversion. in digital format. We will study in particular the sensitive resources implemented by the digital devices examined during the presentation of case studies, which can be related as much to the study of literature, linguistics, history, as to the fields of musicology, art history, archeology and Wider. cultural studies.

During the “Reconstruction of Reality” day, we will explore more digital procedures that add new artifacts to the reality of objects whose completeness is eventually lost. It is particularly thought of for investigations that aim to find and unite fragments of the same archaeological piece, to compose in a single virtual publication pages of books extracted from different copies, to recolor certain images, to constitute models that are reproduced in a reduced scale, a place or building that has disappeared, etc. However, since a certain amount of information is often no longer known and directly accessible, reconstruction requires a methodical reconstruction effort based on solid scientific foundations, which, however, guide and stimulate the imagination.


10:00 am — Welcoming the participants

10:15 am. – Opening days
Marine Parra (University of Utrecht), Anne Réach-Ngô (University of Haute-Alsace) and Benoit Roux (University of Rouen-Normandy), Introduction

10:30 – Session 1 – Comprehensive excursion
This session takes the form of a visit to a space designed and built with digital technology. It is presented by specialists, face-to-face and virtually, and allows you to examine different development companies undertaken by heritage and cultural institutions.

Session moderated by Phillip Fleury & Sophie Madeleine (University of Caen Normandy), “Virtual reality and the restoration of heritage sites: how to share a ‘sensitive’ experience with multiple audiences”

A research team from the University of Caen Normandy (ERLIS-UR 4254) has been working for more than 25 years on the interactive virtual restoration of ancient Rome with the support of the Interdisciplinary Center for Virtual Reality (CIREVE). The virtual model has been developed from a dual perspective: research and education. The first step is to represent and experiment with return hypotheses at scale 1, with all the freedom that virtual reality offers (real speed traffic, access to primary resources and their interpretation to justify the choice of return, etc.). the interactive model then becomes a tool of choice to share with students, high school students or even the general public the latest knowledge on the architecture and topography of ancient Rome. The experience shared with the mediator leading the walk through Rome is even more immersive in the fact that nothing is pre-calculated. The visit adapts in real time to the demands of the listeners, to their level of knowledge and as such offers them a “sensitive” experience, as close as possible to the conditions of a real visit. Virtual reality also makes it possible to change the time of visits, to see with the public how the atmosphere of a monument can evolve according to the light that penetrates its walls. We can also play in atmospheres, “Rome at night”, “Rome under the snow”, to script presentations and increase the sense of presence of the listeners by making them move to the other side of the screen, which promotes the memorization of knowledge.

14:00 – Session 2 – Mediation and scientific exploration

Marie Luce Demonet & Alain Legros (Centre for High Renaissance Studies – CESR-UMR 7323), “Montaigne’s library: exploring and feeling the place, opening and understanding books”

The reconstruction of Montaigne’s library (the place, the shelves and the books) is already almost ten years old: not only will the different phases and the history of the project be presented, even before it could be financed by an ANR program (Alain Legros) , but also the limits of numesthesia applicable to this type of achievement (Marie-Luce Demonet). If immersive expansions were possible, what experiences could we draw inspiration from? What benefits can be derived from it and with which audience?

Laura Bontemps (University Cergy Paris, Hértages-UMR 9022 & Map-Maacc-UMR 3495), “Using photographic archives in 3D modeling at Karnak: touching the past”

Touching the past in the temples of Karnak is the experience of every step. But if the stones and the architecture speak to us, also the archival photographs come to tell a story, that of the modern narrative of the archaeological complex. The reuse of photographs – with different techniques and support – as base material for 3D modeling disrupts and modifies their original nature and destination, while leading to the search for new aspects of the conservation history at Karnak. We will unravel the sensory thread that connects old images, the story they tell us, with the material reality of the site today, as well as the way in which we can express the transition from physical space to digital space.

3:45 in the afternoon.break

16:00 – Session 3 – In search of tools

Tony Gheeraert (University of Rouen Normandy), “How to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart in two days?” Introducing Unreal Engine 5.1”

“How do you build a universe that doesn’t fall apart in two days?” questioned Philip K. Dick in 1978, already fearful of the proliferation of virtual worlds. Without getting into the philosophical or political debate, it seems that we now have tools that allow the sustainable creation of 3D universes, freely accessible and of professional quality. Originally designed to create video games, they are now commonly used by filmmakers, architects or archaeologists. If their advanced use requires long training and often large teams, it is nevertheless possible for an uninitiated to take control of this software in order to at least become aware of their instructions for use. Among these platforms, Unreal Engine tends to become the main reference today. We will quickly introduce the main features and try to briefly show how to create the foundations of a 3D universe – this one destined to collapse very quickly.

5:30 in the afternoon.Closing of the day

| Today’s program

| University of Rouen Normandy – UFR Letters and Human Sciences – Building 3 – Council Hall – Mont-Saint-Aignan

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