The exhibition “1238 The Battle of Iceland”, which opened in Sauðárkrókur, northern Iceland, in the summer of 2019, has been nominated for the Heritage in Motion Awards, Morgunblaðið reports.
This international competition celebrates the most advanced multimedia achievements and the innovative use of technology, sharing the core values of European heritage in new ways. Provides a scenario for the creators and producers of films, applications, websites and interactive experiences related to European heritage to showcase innovation.
“1238 The Battle of Iceland” is an immersive virtual reality exhibition, centered on the Sturlungs Era, a period of violent internal conflict in Iceland during the mid-13th.th century.
Through the use of virtual reality, visitors take part in the Battle of Örlygsstaðir, one of Iceland’s most formidable battles, which shaped Icelandic history and was the beginning of the end of Iceland’s independence.
“We welcome this recognition, which encourages us to continue on the same path,” says Ásgeir Heiðar Ásgeirsson, general director of the exhibition. “The sagas of the Icelanders provide a valuable cultural heritage and infinite material from which something interesting can be created. When it comes to tourism, around the world there is an increasing emphasis on the fact that museums and exhibitions offer diverse experiences, at this point it is interesting to use digital solutions. They will help to spread the cultural heritage in a creative and exciting way. Our exhibition in Sauðárkrókur has this nature and could serve as a model for other projects based on a similar basis. “
Ásgeir points out that the exhibition is entirely the work of Icelandic technicians and 3D designers. Since it opened, it has enjoyed a lot of popularity among visitors.
Heritage in Motion is a joint initiative of the Academy of European Museums and Europa Nostra and is driven by Europeana.
This year’s winners will be announced on September 21 in Venice, Italy.
For a full list of candidates, see here.