CIRCA:Environmental Scan - Current interactive exhibits


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Environmental Scan

Ontario Science Museum

Ontario Science Museum: Papagiannis's Wonder  Turner
Ontario Science Museum: Papagiannis's Wonder Turner

Visitors to the exhibit can also interact with Papagiannis’s Wonder Turner, an AR experience where viewers physically rotate large cubes to reveal and create a new video composition. The cubes are equipped with black and white AR symbols which the software interprets and emits as video clips. Using the classic ‘exquisite corpse’ format with four interchangeable heads, torsos and feet, rotating the cubes allows the user to create a wild variety of creatures – from a surgeon’s head, belly-dancing torso and penguin feet to a llama head, guitar-playing torso and trampoline feet, and other wondrous creations. An augmented video of the visitor with the transformed turner is simultaneously displayed on the screen.


 MOMA NYC - Augmented Reality

The event illustrates the implications of a technique named "augmented reality": the addition of virtual elements to the real world, viewable using internet-connected and GPS sensitive cameraphones. Augmented reality is chaning our world. In terms of new unlimited visual possibilities, limitless dimensional properties and an unwillingness to comply to (former) physical boundaries and structures, such as a museum wall or context. The 6 floors of the MoMA building were used in a DIY way, and the museum was even extended with a virtual 7th floor.

British Museum

Rooms of the British Museum are augmented. Each of the virtual objects opens a HTTP connection, when tapped and brings visitors to a separate website with additional information. Template:Multiple image According to Jean, Jackson would not commit to the episode until after a read-through of the script was done.<ref name="VanSun">Template:Cite web</ref> The read was held at Jackson's manager Sandy Gallin's house, and Dan Castellaneta (who provides the voice for Homer) was 30 minutes late. Jean recalls that "no one said a word, we just sat there waiting".<ref>Template:Cite news</ref> Following the read, Jackson stipulated his conditions: he would record his speaking parts but not receive credit, and his singing voice would be performed by a sound-alike.<ref name="VanSun"/><ref name="Brooks"/> Leon Kompowsky's singing parts were performed by Kipp Lennon,<ref name="Reiss"/> because Jackson wanted to play a joke on his brothers and fool them into thinking the impersonator was him.<ref name="Brooks"/> Lennon recorded his lines at the same time as Jackson, who found the impersonations humorous.<ref name="Reiss"/> Jackson showed up for the recording session alone and did not use the special trailer that was set up for him.<ref name="Reiss"/> According to Jean, Jackson did record versions of the singing parts, and while there have been rumors that those parts were the ones used in the final episode, The Simpsons music editor Chris Ledesma has stated the Lennon versions were used.<ref name="Jean"/> Kompowsky's normal speaking voice, which is heard at the end of the episode, was recorded by cast member Hank Azaria.<ref name="Castellaneta">Castellaneta, Dan. (2003). Commentary for "Stark Raving Dad", in The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.</ref> The episode originally was supposed to end with Kompowsky singing a portion of "Man in the Mirror" in his Michael Jackson voice as he walked down the road, but it was changed to him singing the beginning of "Happy Birthday Lisa."<ref name="Castellaneta"/>

"Stark Raving Dad" was the final episode in the season two production run, but aired as the premiere of season three, over a year after it was completed.<ref name="Reiss"/> Michael Jackson was credited with pseudonym John Jay Smith in the closing credits.<ref name="fan"/> At the time, the producers of the show were legally prevented from confirming that Jackson guest starred, although many media sources assumed it was really him.<ref>Template:Cite news</ref><ref>Template:Cite news</ref><ref>Template:Cite news</ref><ref>Template:Cite news</ref> Similarly, in season two, actor Dustin Hoffman had guest starred in the episode "Lisa's Substitute" under the name "Sam Etic". After "Stark Raving Dad", the producers decided that if a celebrity wished to guest star on the show, they had to be willing to be credited under their real name.<ref>Template:Cite news</ref>

Jackson was a fan of Bart,<ref>Template:Cite book</ref> and in addition to doing a guest spot on the show, he wanted to give Bart a number one single. He therefore co-wrote the song "Do the Bartman", which was released as a single around the same time that the episode was produced. Jackson could not take credit for his work on the song due to contractual reasons.<ref name="Brooks">Brooks, James L. (2003). Commentary for "Stark Raving Dad", in The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.</ref> Jackson also wrote the song "Happy Birthday Lisa", which was later included in the album Songs in the Key of Springfield.<ref name="Jean"/> A version of the song was reportedly scheduled to be included on a bonus disk in the October 2001 special edition of Jackson's 1991 album Dangerous. However, the bonus disk was eventually dropped from the release.<ref>Template:Harvnb</ref>

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, and the Fox network re-aired the episode on July 5 as a tribute to him.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The producers had intended to air the episode on June 28, 2009, three days after Jackson's death, but could not resolve issues with syndication rights in time. The music video for "Do the Bartman" was aired on that date instead.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The producers screened the episode first, and the only change made, which was unrelated to Jackson, was the blurring of a phone number.<ref name="VanSun"/>

Alternate opening

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A rerun of "Stark Raving Dad" featured a response to a comment made by George H. W. Bush.

The January 30, 1992 rerun of the episode featured a brief alternate opening, which was written in response to a comment made by the President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, three days earlier. The show had previously had a "feud" with Barbara Bush when, in the October 1, 1990 edition of People, she called The Simpsons "the dumbest thing [she] had ever seen".<ref>Template:Cite news</ref> The writers decided to respond by privately sending a polite letter to Bush in which they posed as Marge Simpson. Bush immediately sent a reply in which she apologized. Later, on January 27, 1992, George H. W. Bush made a speech during his re-election campaign which included the statement "we are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons."<ref name="Brooks2">Brooks, James L. (2004). "Bush vs. Simpsons", in The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.</ref>

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