Guests can try out a 3D body scanner at the upcoming reception at the new non-profit Ann Arbor Art Gallery


Imagine stepping into a 3D body scanner and transforming your image into a mini figure. The folks at CultureVerse Gallery and SCANN ARBOR Scanning Labs invite visitors to experience just that at their opening reception at 309 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor on October 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Anyone curious about how art and technology intersect, as well as anyone curious about the intersection between the real and the physical world and its transition to a virtual environment, must be there,” said Aubrey Martinson, CultureVersetexecutive director of.

The opening reception is the first public event organized by CultureVerse. The Ann Arbor-based nonprofit arts organization, which was founded in May, aims to use technology to expand access to art. In addition to experiencing the 3D body scanner, visitors can also view a gallery exhibit by the Detroit-based artist. RCKBNY. There will be an in-person exhibition, as well as two immersive virtual exhibitions of his work that were created using SaganWorks software.

“The body scanner is new to us and something you would normally see in a trade show rather than a gallery, so we can’t wait to experience it,” Martinson said. “We tell people to come as is or dress in their favorite cosplay outfit and have fun with us.”

SCANN ARBOR is a project launched by CultureVerse to introduce visitors to 3D technology in a very personal and immersive way.

“We use cutting-edge technologies like 3D scanners to reduce barriers to accessing art, culture and knowledge,” says Martinson. “We aim to create digital representations of things that exist in the physical world and then share them with 3D technologies. ”

Visitors to the opening reception who have their bodies scanned can either purchase a mini-figure or insert their figure into a virtual gallery that can be shared with friends and family. The project is part of CultureVerse’s global vision that there are invisible art and inaccessible collections in the world.

“It’s really a great experience in so many ways, and we happily explore new technologies and invite others to do the same,” Martinson said. “As the world draws closer to the metaverse, we’re curious about what’s going on, what ideas people have and how they see this useful technology. ”

Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder is a freelance writer and editor currently based in Ann Arbor. She can be reached at [email protected].

Photo courtesy of CultureVerse.

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