«Revivre la révolution! – Augmented Revolution Experience»

Augmented Reality-App, Digital Revolution at the Lion Monument

Take your own smartphone or tablet on an exciting journey back in time to the French Revolution and the origin of the Lion Monument. The Augmented Revolution Experience (ARE) - "Revive la révolution!" makes it possible. You will accompany Franz Müller, a poor farmer's son who, against his parents' will, escapes the misery of Switzerland and seeks his fortune as a Swiss guard at the French royal court. Franz manages to become deputy commander of the Swiss Guard. He witnessed the Tuileries storm on 10 August 1792 and he watched King Louis XVI being executed.

The importance of our cultural heritage often remains hidden. The Visual Narrative research group at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is investigating how the cultural heritage of Central Switzerland can be interactively designed and narrated to a wider audience using mobile technologies. The Lion Monument is one such cultural heritage.

In cooperation with the Historical Museum and the L21 project team, the ARE augmented reality app was developed, which links the historical narrative with a digitally enhanced experience directly on site, at the Lion Monument Park.

The narrative scenarios are based on the theatre tour “Vive la révolution” of the Museum of History Lucerne, which were staged in the augmented space for the research project. Kim Emanuel Stadelmann skilfully guides the audience through the dramatic history in various roles. His acting is complemented by the possibilities of augmented reality and takes us back to the time of yesteryear. Suddenly we find ourselves in the middle of the scene of the Tuileries storm and experience the battle of 1792 at first hand. Cultural heritage is experienced as contemporary history in motion.
Author: Tobias Matter

Dive into the past – try it out for yourself:
From 6 November 2020, “Revive la révoltion!” will be available as an app for iPhone and iPad for free download from the App Store. We recommend that you download the app with Wlan access in advance due to the large amount of data.
Further information on the ARE project: https://news.hslu.ch/loewendenkmal/

Project managers and participants

Responsible for the project:
Research group Visual Narrative at the Lucerne School of Design & Arts

Involved persons:
– Christian Schnellmann (programming)
– Jürgen Buchinger (camera / video)
– Kimberly Kent (making-of)
– Samuel Frei (overall management)
– Tobias Matter (project leader)

Cooperation and support

In co-operation with:
Historical Museum Lucerne and its gripping theater tours

Involved persons:
– Kim Emanuel Stadelmann (acting)
– Marisa Sigrist (Research Assistant)
– Sibylle Gerber (Curator Historical Museum)
– Walti Mathis (Vice Director, Head of Mediation)

Dr. Karin Mairitsch and the multi-year project Lionmonument 21

The Federal Office of Culture (BAK) supports the research project “Media staging of cultural heritage – experience between analog and digital” of the Lucerne School of Art and Design as part of the “Cultural Heritage for All” competition.

A big thank you to Silvestro Castelli and the Castelli Werbetechnik team for producing the information board.