Public Relations Office December 18, 2016
Clock Tower Projection Mapping 2016
A Magical, Dream-like Celebration of Christmas with Music and Images
Dates: December 17 (Saturday) and 18 (Sunday)
Times: First presentation from 17:30 to 18:10, Second presentation from 19:30 to 20:10
Place: Clock Tower, Central Lawn, Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus, Kwansei Gakuin University
* Open to the public, free of charge, no reservations required
The Clock Tower on the Nishinomiya Uegahara campus, a National Tangible Cultural Asset, served as the background for the third annual projection mapping project since 2014, and the final one. The event attracted over 10,000 viewers over the two-day period.
The theme of the projection mapping presentation was Christmas. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the program combined images representing the birth of Christ with music performed by the Kwansei Gakuin Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble made up of students from this university. This year’s program once again featured an interactive projection mapping that allowed viewers to participate via their smartphones.
Kwansei Gakuin University strives to promote Active Learning across all its academic departments, and this event was part of that effort. Student volunteers from mathematics and the sciences crossed departmental boundaries to work as a team (the Student Implementation Committee), together with student volunteers from the humanities and social sciences. The projection mapping event served as an opportunity for them to present the results of a Project-based Learning Course, in which they were responsible for everything from creating the images to managing the actual event.
Spectators, including students, faculty members, and the general public, were temporarily immersed in a beautiful world of images and music.
This year’s event incorporated elements of Augmented Reality games. Image projection was partly controlled by large numbers of spectators sending commands from their smartphones. Like the large-scale interactive projection mapping control system used last year, this system was also designed by a team of students.