Virtual Kibbuz

A project by Patrick Kruse
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
with Prof.* Anja Vormann

Understanding the culture of the kibbutz through objects. The idea of the kibbutz is to become clear through a network in physical space with virtual objects as nodes that link stories together.

Objects that connect people and relate to daily life on the kibbutz are collected digitally. Objects that influence relationships and shape actions are to serve as object-like witnesses of everyday life. They help determine everyday life and shape the society that uses them. 

Interviews that tell stories and comment on and analyse conditions are attached to these virtual objects; the people speak about and through these virtual objects. The spoken experiences give the digital objects a specific character and an attitude that represents life in the kibbutz and thus the basic idea.

Each object has the same relevance and importance in the overall structure. The individual capture of a specific object in the scanning process, does not show just any object, but an explicit one. It represents a place, a person or a situation in the real kibbutz. The focus is on daily life and work in the kibbutz.

The arrangement of the digital objects in the physical space creates a mixed reality environment, which not only serves as a display of the society, but is created by it. 

The work is scanned by the occupants on site. Personal objects that stand for a position in the kibbutz are collected collectively and reconnected in physical space.

Thus, according to Samuel Bickel’s idea, an “Everyday Garden” of digital objects will be created.

A room installation is to be created in which stories, images and documents about AR can be experienced.

A sample video from the last project, AR Installation

Technical realisation

Phase 1: The collection
A standardised manual for the digitisation of objects is to enable a collective collection of photogrammetric objects. A manual designed for normal citizens should offer the possibility of imaging objects three-dimensionally with simple devices (tablet, DSLR, smartphone). An object-oriented interview complements the images with personal content and is conducted prior to the object selection.

Possible workflow:
Interview -> Photographs by residents -> Upload to a shared online storage -> Processing into 3D objects.

Phase 2: The evaluation
The collected objects are discussed in an open format. Collectively, a selection of objects will be made.

Phase 3: The network 
The collected scans can be accessed via AR App in the physical space. Markers on the floor determine the position of the individual objects. All the objects form a thought memory that enlightens about life in the kibbutz and its values.