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The Journey of Holger

Calm, stoic, almighty – the statue of Holger the Dane seems almost intimidating as he just sits there sleeping – somehow awaiting for something to happen. When the visitor stands in front of the two metres tall concrete statue it is not hard to imagine how Holger the Dane will one day come to life a day when needed. Through CAVI developed technology it is now possible to bring Holger the Dane to life trough an interactive visualization.

My contributions: Co-Designer, design technique, stakeholder participation, process reflections

Holger the Dane is said to be the protector of Denmark, and most people know the story about how Holger the Dane will awake again from his sleep in the basements of Kronborg to rescue Denmark in the hour of need. But little has been told about his life before he went to what seems as an eternal sleep.

The staging of “The journey of Holger the Dane”, which was due at Kronborg Castle in autumn 2010, lets the visitors get a glimpse of some of the experiences that Holger the Dane is said to have experienced in his fabled life. With projectors and tracking the story of Holger the Dane’s life is told through animation, illusion and sound.

He fought against Burmand the Giant, lost his son Balduin due to a fatal game of chess against Carl the Great ‘s son Karlotto, and six fairies endowed Holger the Dane with special abilities. The production will give the audience a sensory experience and hopefully inspire and engage them to find out more about Holger the Dane.

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The fabled myth about Holger the Dane has been staged using advanced 3D projections – a technology CAVI has used before in earlier research projects. 3D projection on physical objects is a technology that augments a physical object by projecting digital content directly onto it – hence giving the object a new digital layer. When the spectators come closer to the statue, the story of Holger the Dane will be visualized through animated effects on the surface of the statue.

The production of the iconic Holger the Dane statue is created in collaboration between Kronborg Castle administration, Digital Urban Living, TEKNE Produktion, Aarhus University and CAVI.

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