Develop and test software to create 3D virtual reality performance based on local history of the Lower Eastside neighborhood where the Lower Eastside Girls Club is now located. The project will serve as a model for how humanities projects can take advantage of increasingly popular "fulldome" theaters found in museums across the nation.
The Girl/Hood project is a fulldome immersive history program that will launch the planetarium in the Lower Eastside Girls Club's Center for Community in 2011. It will employ an innovative mix of archival materials and computer generated imagery, produced by the staff and girls of the Girls Club, describing the life of a girl in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in five historical eras. The first episode will be based on the archaeological study that was performed on the site in preparation for groundbreaking in April of 2010. This application will cover the design of a low cost, streamlined production workflow that will allow us and other communities to create humanities content for small and portable planetariums. Most current programs for domes are either pure astronomy demonstrations or high-budget 3D science movies that are licensed from a few large science centers. There is an opportunity to use these venues to tell human stories to small and local audiences.