We want the pupils to acquire a profounder understanding of cultural history.
Despite the increasing interest shown by young people nowadays,
virtual reality has not been widely used yet in the educational field. There are many
CD-ROMs of museums and art galleries based on virtual reality, whereby a visitor can
wander around the rooms and choose the best views in front of a painting exactly as he
would do in a real museum by means of the computer. We think it will be interesting,
especially from an educational standpoint, to use this technology in order to rebuild
completely environments which no longer exist or are severely
The examples we chose are no longer accessible or are totally destroyed. What we want to create is a "virtual walk" inside these buildings or environments.
Culture crystallizes at various points. For example, three
particular manifestations of European culture are the old roman villages, the Christian
cloisters from the Middle Ages until the Baroque and the World Exhibitions in our
industrial, scientific, technical modern culture.To visualize these topics for educational
purposes, we are convinced that multimedia based on virtual reality would be very
effective. In particular we have produced web pages showing also 3D models of three
The project is designed to allow the students to work independently and in an international team towards a constructive, tangible goal. Although the three participating groups are geographically far apart and from entirely different backgrounds, the project will bond them together. They will share and exchange ideas, resources and methods daily by e-mail. When the Entry is introduced to the Web, they will be sharing it with students in the rest of the world who, in turn, may want to reconstruct a lost art work or building in their country and add it to the collection. We would like our Entry to be the beginning of an expanding reference work where others (art historians, teachers, students, libraries) may also discover and understand art in its historical, cultural and political context. We want the project to be an active academic learning experience for ourselves and others.
The German student will work out a reconstruction of the Spanish pavilion at the World Exhibition 1937 in Paris. The state of science, technical science and culture was displayed and demonstrated in various national and common pavillions at the World Exhibition 1937. It was a competition between nations and a competition of political systems. For example, the Russian Pavillion was located directly in front of the Nazi-German pavillion. And there was also the pavillion of democratic, pre-Franco Spain. He will first reconstruct the Spanish pavillion built by the well known architect Sert. Picasso painted his famous painting "Guernica" especially for this building. Other important Spanish artists like Miro contributed work to the pavillion, too. The project will be overseen by the Department of Art Education at the University of Munich.
Pupils and teachers of art history and history all over the world
will have access to the project and could more restorations. In that case, an
international editing staff will be set up to decide on the adoption of such proposed