News Recreating the World of the Japanese artist ‘Hiroshige’ in Virtual Reality by The Scout 2 months ago 2 min read The students of the Master of Animation and Visualisation at the University ofTechnology Sydney do more than just produce award-winning 3D animatedfilms. Each year they also develop creative project ideas using emergingvisualisation technologies. From the seven pitches this year, the project thatwas selected to be taken into production was an immersive virtual reality (VR)experience based on the works of the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige.This interactive VR exploration invites the participant to become part of the sereneand atmospheric world of Hiroshige’s delicate and moving artworks. But more than just being a passive viewer, the player uses hand gestures to interact with thepeople, animals and objects from Hiroshige’s famous woodblock prints, offering amuch deeper engagement with the artist’s work and the Ukiyo-e period of Japanese art.The UTS Animal Logic Academy students originally developed this concept in asmall team, where players were able to step into different famous paintings in VR,each matched to the style of the original artworks using style-transfer technology.Although this prototype explores the works of Hiroshige, the project can beexpanded to include other works by other artists and genres, in a truly immersivejourney through the history of art.It was the game development, coding and computer science students who were keyto the execution of this project. In fact, with the current growth in the animation and visualisation industries, there is more demand than ever for technical directors who can lead the IT aspects of creative projects. Students with backgrounds in information technology, games development and programming who are interested in working in the creative industries, can build careers as technical directors for animation projects and/or programmers, coders and technical leads for virtual, augmented and real-time productions.Each year the UTS Animal Logic Academy are looking for technical applicants to fill roles in their creative team of Masters students, to develop and execute the high- end, professional level animation and visualisation productions.If you have completed undergraduate studies in computer science, informationtechnology, games development, programming and coding or other areas of IT, and are interested to learn how you can apply your knowledge and skills to creativeprojects, visit the UTS Animal Logic Academy website: https://animallogicacademy.uts.edu.au/Or book a call with one of our studio leads to find out more about technical roles in the creative industries: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/[email protected]/bookings/ Share your thoughts on this post Read more posts by this author The Scout I'm part machine, part human, with a little sprinkle of unicorn tears thrown in to help me better understand the CG world. The link has been copied!