2016.1.23 Protocultural Taipei – New Causes for the Old 原文化在台北 – 承古開新


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展覽:2016年1月23日(週六) – 1月31日(週日)
工作坊:2016年1月23日(週六) 下午2-5時
開幕:2016年1月23日(週六) 下午5-7時


「在體質人類學中,原文化指的是人類以外的靈長目之間,代代相傳的行為傳承。這些文化處於初步階段,沒有演示出複雜的文化技藝。」─ 維基百科





新帕米拉計畫是一個線上社群平台暨資料典藏庫,針對受到烽火衝擊的敘利亞帕米拉古城,進行資料的收集、保存、共享,以及創發性的再利用。由一位技術人員兼志工Bassel Khartabil發起,其本人自2012年3月15日至今被滯留於敘利亞,目前情況危急,請上網站 freebassel.org 連署支持。




  • 前導發想


  • 3D模型開發(Blender軟體)
  • 以既有的3D網格為基礎建立衍生性的3D模型(Blender軟體)
  • 自衛星圖與空拍照進行資料挖掘,自動化重建平面圖,並以此基礎建立3D模型(Pandas套件、開放接圖)
  • 以網路(WebGL、Three.js)與行動裝置建立虛擬實境(以手機、Google Cardboard為器材的低成本虛擬實境)
  • 網路視覺化以便簡易瀏覽data rep結構和內容(Image Plot, d3.js, Processing)
  • 搜尋帕米拉古城的照片、影片等影像資料
  • 釋出安全的資料集,在CC0授權之下分享資料(以Data和數據控制實驗)
  • 計畫過程側記(roadmap, TODOs等)


Exhibition: 23 (Sat.) – 31 Jan(Sun.), 2016
Workshop: 23 Jan (Sat.), 2016 2-5pm
Opening: 23 Jan (Sat.)
, 2016 5-7pm 
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center, No. 11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Taipei (MRT: Daqiaotou Station)

“In physical anthropology, protoculture is the passing of behaviours from one generation to another among non-human primates. These cultures are very rudimentary, and do not exhibit complex cultural technology.” — via Wikipedia

Protocultural is a new series of events creating encounters between archaeological exploration, contemporary art and research, and modern digital practices of 3D modeling, visualizations, mapping, and distributed code and data repositories. Protocultural has held events around the world, including in Paris, Dubai, and Hong Kong, gathering the energy and knowledge of software developers, archaeologists, artists, and entrepreneurs; and has helped realize topical cultural projects such as #NEWPALMYRA, an online community platform and data repository dedicated to the capture, preservation, sharing, and creative reuse of data about the ancient city of Palmyra, which is now threatened by modern conflict.

Protocultural Taipei will bring together overseas and local participants to augment foreign and native cultures of the past with technologies of the present and future.

This could be using the 3D models of the #NEWPALMYRA project or other public domain cultural seeds from Taipei.


The #NEWPALMYRA project is an online community platform and data repository dedicated to the capture, preservation, sharing, and creative reuse of data about the ancient city of Palmyra.

#NEWPALMYRA has been started by Bassel Khartabil, a beloved technologist and Internet volunteer detained in Syria since March 15, 2012. He is today in urgent danger, please visit freebassel.org and sign the petition.

Proposed Challenges


  • Need some inspiration here.


  • 3D Model development (Blender)
  • Generative 3D modeling based on existing 3D meshes (Blender)
  • Data mining and automated reconstruction of plans from satellite maps and drone images for 3D creation (Pandas, Open Street Maps)
  • VR environment using web technologies (WebGL, Three.js) and mobile devices (low-cost VR with phones ala Google Cardboard)
  • Web visualizations for easy browsing of the data rep structure and contents (Image Plot, d3.js, Processing)
  • Researching sources of photographic and video images of Palmyra
  • Release of clean datasets from partners, sharing data under the Creative Commons Zero license (experimenting with Data and data versioning)
  • Project documentation (roadmap, TODOs, etc.)