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XR4Heritage: emerging technologies to bring our past back to life

Bringing together professionals and experts at the cutting edge of emerging technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the development of Web 3.0. Lectures given and working groups assembled with a view to bringing our historical heritage back to life. This is what was on offer at The Factory event, which took place as part of the XR4Heritage Festival. And kingkong was there!

It happened last Friday, February 17. It was ten in the morning when we arrived in front of the stunning façade of the Brussels Royal Art and History Museum. Located in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, the museum occupies a whole wing of the vast building constructed at the centre of our capital, and is an integral part of our historical heritage. And as it happens, this locale wasn’t chosen at random, because that was precisely the theme which the whole day was devoted to.

XR4Heritage is in fact intimately bound up with the question of our past and the ensemble of the heritage connected to it. Its objective is twofold. On the one hand, to bring together in the same place and at the same time the leading specialists in the fields of new digital technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modelling, the use of artificial intelligences and Web 3.0 (such as blockchain mechanisms, for example) with the historians and researchers whose work involves reconstructing and piecing back together the items of our shared past and the historical figures, sites and objects which have vanished or which remain little-known.