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VR, AR and 3D modeling > USC Digital Humanities Program > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Introducing the USC Working Group on Scholarly VR, AR, and 3D Modeling, sponsored by the Humanities in a Digital World (USC Dornsife) program and the Ahmanson Lab at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.

This working group presents a year-long series of ongoing works focused on innovative scholarship using virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling and other visualization/virtualization technologies. This series asks the question: how can these emerging technologies elevate and animate scholarship? How can these technologies open us up to new possibilities and perspectives? How can they help us engage the public inside and outside the academy?

The workshop is hosted by Curtis Fletcher, Director of Ahmanson Lab and Sean Fraga, USC Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Fellow (2020-2022). To learn more about future events, please join the mailing list or contact Curtis Fletcher, [email protected] or Sean Fraga, [email protected]for all questions.


Workshop schedule
The sessions will take place on Zoom.
Register by 5:00 p.m. PT the day before the event to receive pre-circulated materials.

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
“Using Virtual Reality to Explore 15th-Century Illuminated Manuscripts”
A collaboration between the USC Archeology Research Center, School of Motion Picture Arts, and Special Collections, this project is a virtual reality experience of a Renaissance Book of Hours that belonged to a lay nun who lived in a place still standing and well preserved. gated female community in Ghent, Belgium.
Register via Zoom.

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
“Bunker Hill Refrain 3D”
As part of the Bunker Hill Refrain Collaboratory, this project aims to recreate much of Bunker Hill as an interactive 3D model using WPA architectural drawings from the City of LA Archives, Sanborn maps from the Library of Congress and the WPA LA diorama at the Museum of Natural History.
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Thursday, March 31, 2022, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
“California Text + Terrain”
This project brings together five USC students to design an immersive 3D framework that transforms the subtext of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower into literal text that has the power to shape the natural and built environment. The project is led by Erik Loyer and uses his Text + Terrain toolkit, a new framework for creating poetic visualizations from words in Unity.
Register via Zoom.


Past workshops

Friday, October 1, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (PT)
Join us for a discussion on Booksnake, a scholarly app for iPhone and iPad that lets you view digitized archival materials in augmented reality, as if they were physically present in your real environment. Booksnake is a digital humanities experiment on how spatial computing can enrich archival research. The Booksnake app is currently in beta testing at the University of Southern California.
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Thursday, October 21, 1-2 p.m. (PT)
Remastering the Renaissance: A Virtual Experience of Pope Julius II’s Library in Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura seeks to build an immersive digital environment of the Stanza della Segnatura and its original content, using Scalar as a back-end authoring platform to annotate and mark up connections between books, images, and themes in the library and using Unity 3D to visualize them. This virtual reality environment will allow contemporary audiences around the world to “visit” this canonical space, open window shutters, move furniture and select books from recreated shelves.
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Thursday, November 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PT)
Chinatown AR: Part of the Chinatown History Project (CHP), the goal of this app is to use mobile augmented reality (AR) technologies to integrate historic photographic images of LA’s first Chinatown into the locations where they were originally taken and now occupied by Union Station. Using AR toolkits and platforms from Niantic (Pokémon Go), Snap (Snapchat lenses), and others, historic USC Huntington Institute imagery of California and the West will be viewed on a visitor’s mobile device screen and will appear overlaid on the actual site of the original buildings.
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