Grant winners of the 2014 IAM VIDEOMAPPING FESTIVAL
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And the winner is….

Eight grants were awarded for contributions to the 2014 IAM festivals in Spain and Palestine.

Among a total of 10 proposals, the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Spain, awarded 4 grants of 6.250 euro each, in two categories (mobile apps and videomapping).

Apps on cultural heritage of city of Girona

Laura Olivas i Corominas, from Catalonia-Spain, with the AR app IMAGIRONA: old geo-located photos will allow the public, equipped with a mobile device, to discover and learn about the urban landscape and social transformation of Girona during the 20th century.

The Catalan artist Kenneth Russo, with the project GIRONOW App, proposes a series of routes in the city of Girona. The points of interest will show content in diverse format (geolocated audio & text, 2D and 3D images).

Mapping for Casa Pastors building, Girona

Yann-Loïc Lambert, from France, with the project Records, will use memories of the citizens from Girona to construct the storyline of the mapping. Yann-Loïc usually collaborates with the French Groupe F, known worldwide for their spectacular shows combining fireworks and video.

Croatian Marko Bolkoviç, director of Visualia Festival, will focus on the challenge posed by the Casa Pastors (angular building), paying attention to intensity of 3D effects. 18th century history and modern times will be connected to bring the building to life!

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In Palestine out of 6 applications received, 4 were awarded for 6250 euro each; the awardees are all young entrepreneurs/artists at early stages in their AR career. They are:

Augmenty Team (Hanan Atallah, Sami Sabra, and Nada Hantouli): a team of 3 young people from Nablus-Palestine will create an android mobile app to provide 3D models and images of monuments and sites for visitors using the city’s guide map (Magic Book).

George Hannouneh, Rafi Qumsieh and Morgan Cooper from Beit-Sahour and Ramallah will develop a mobile app called “Hike Palestine. It will allow hikers in a 1-hectare arboretum to engage with natural and built heritage on a hike trail, providing historical, religious and ecological information, in addition to stories behind the heritage. It uses QR codes to allow identification of  trees, terraces, qusur (small castles) and trails by the smart phone /tablet.

Nesma Al Sallaq (et. al.):  a team of young people from Gaza will build a 3D reconstruction of the Saint Hilarion archeological site (4th century AD). It will be hosted on a website and linked to a mobile app that detects via GPS the site once a person is close, and allows that person to read the site once actually there.

Dirar Kalash: Dirar is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He is producing a work called MASS EXPERIENCE,  using real-time audio and visual processing open-source technologies for an interactive installation and performance that engages the audience in exploring historical themes, as well as in taking an active role in the performance. His work will take place in an early 20th century building in the historic center of Ramallah.