Giuliana of the Abyss

Domenico Ridola Museum

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An immersive and visually stunning journey, a dynamic and engaging film that uses different techniques and points of view.

The National Archaeological Museum ‘Domenico Ridola’ in Matera opens the new exhibition ‘Giuliana of the Abyss’. The exhibition dedicated to the Giuliana whale recounts the past and present of the fossil discovered in 2006 at Lake San Giuliano, near Matera. The result is a realistic, almost epic, detailed visual experience in which the techniques of 2D and 3D animation, compositing and motion graphics give life to an important work of projection mapping, whose impact is enhanced and made spectacular thanks to the potential of the hall’s large mirrored wall.

An immersive and visually stunning journey, a dynamic and engaging film exploits different techniques and different points of view.

In order to be able to cover the 15-m-long projection surface, five laser projectors were used, which were combined with the use of advanced multi-displayer software capable of ensuring such a complex-sized projection.

The exhibition route dedicated to the Julian Whale consists of several rooms: after the first, dedicated to the discovery and the stages of the difficult recovery, one finds oneself in the room entirely dedicated to projection mapping, which will take visitors on an immersive and exciting journey.

This is followed by exhibition rooms displaying some restored remains of the fossil and interesting finds related to the fauna and aquatic plants of the palaeoenvironment where the whale was found. Through a monitor, visitors can follow the work in progress in the fossil restoration laboratory, set up in the former Palazzina Fio of the Ridola Museum.

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