Maya 2012: Lords of Time - Night Sky
On May 5, 2012, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) opened their world premiere exhibition MAYA 2012: Lords of Time. This timely exhibition explores the Maya's sophisticated systems of language and time and the complex artifacts they created for their god-like kings. The exhibition also debunks the myth that the Maya predicted the end of the world would happen on approximately December 21st, 2012.
For this exhibition, Bluecadet created three interactives—two touchscreens and a multi-player touch table experience—and two immersive projections.
Visitors entering the second gallery are greeted by the nearly 30’ wide “Night Sky” projection on a curved wall framing a ceiling high Maya stela. The projection is a simple and beautiful timelapse-style animation of the night sky, with Maya glyphs softly fading in and out like ghostly constellations. This projection required synching two channels of video and projection mapping onto the curved wall and around another structure in the gallery.
John Long & Aaron Miller