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Harald Nägeli - Höhlenbewohner

52 photographs of Harald Nägeli’s graffitis in the underground car park at the ETH


Task: Since the underground car park is going to be renovated, some of Naegeli’s work will disappear. Therefore the ETH is looking for a solution that would digitally preserve the works in the long term and make them accessible for the public.

Based on this problem, we have come up with some initial approaches that can serve as a starting point for further development.

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Approach 01:
Multidimensional Publication | Conservation at the location (image-centered storytelling) [images 01-…]

Nägeli's works will be archived with a strong reference to the ETH underground car park and made accessible over time. In this way, the works could be visualised according to their original position on a three-dimensional, interactive map.

Additionnaly, three-dimensional scans could also be an option to make the experience more immersive. Simple 3D scans can be created with the iPhone 12, with Kinect or from several perspective photographs.

Example: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CMnM22DhTDm/

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Approach 02: Multidimensional Publication | Conservation at the location (Information centered storytelling) [images 02-…]

The works of Harald Nägeli are embedded in a digital mediation format. Similar to the website "Leviathan Cycle", created by OK RM, it is possible to work with the space and the positions of the works in the underground car park. Therefore a map could be used to navigate between the artworks.

Example: https://leviathan-cycle.com/

Another possibility could be to generate additional layers of content to enrich the slim data-set. Possible content could be soundscapes of the underground car park, image descriptions, historical backgrounds or personal inputs.

Example: https://www.eguide.ch/

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Approach 03: Höhleneinwohner on the Road | Augmented Reality App [images 03-…]

AR application that places Nägeli's "Höhleneinwohner" in three-dimensional space. Users of the app can virtually attach Nägeli's works to walls in public or private spaces and photograph/film them. The app detects surfaces and angles in the room allowing Nägeli's "Höhleneinwohner" to be placed in the correct perspective in the scene. In this way, the art can continue to exist digitally beyond its actual lifetime on the walls of the ETH garage .

The spray work can be isolated with a tool such as Runway ml https://runwayml.com/green-screen/ and rendered as an augmented reality experience using the user's camera.

Example: «Weltformat» App by Maximage and Milk Interactive, which observes its surroundings for grids and to place letters in them. https://apps.apple.com/ch/app/weltformat/id1436713272

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Disclaimer: These approaches are no fixed guidlines but rather suggestions that can be supplemented, replaced or combined as desired.


Agnese Quadri, Art Inventory ETH Zürich agnese.quadri@library.ethz.ch

Louis Vaucher, Data-Orbit, Studio for Visual Communication St. Gallen lv@data-orbit.ch

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