Ancient Runestone Tells Digital Story

Museums have been using various display technologies to immerse visitors into their exhibits for a while, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as cool as what’s going on at the Randers Kulturhistoriske Museum located in Denmark. Check it out:

As visitors approach the 1000-year-old Mejlbystenen runic stone, an ancient tale of tragedy and grief is projected upon the stone’s surface, which is already cool all by itself. But just when you think everything is over, the projection shifts and enters the visitors’ area, where it waits for visitors to interact with it.

Unfortunately after seeing this, the only thing you’ll be after vising your local museums is dissapointed… unless you live in Denmark that is!

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5 Responses to Ancient Runestone Tells Digital Story

  1. Wow, this is incredible stuff. I have an interest in runestones and northern European history, but I can see this kind of thing having a very broad appeal. I hope other museums sit up and take notice of this innovative use of technology. It wouldn't take much to modify it for pretty much any exhibit.

    • The English translation is at the beginning of the video:

      "Ane erected this stone for his son Eskil who found death with Thore in Oresund". A lot of runestones have similar inscriptions, memorializing a dead relative.

  2. Weird coincidence, I live in Denmark (pretty far from Randers though) and I study Medialogy, which partly deals with the creation of interactive installations like this. It is quite interesting, although more probably could've done with the interaction in the end.