Practical Time Travel: The Ridges is an immersive user agency-centered experience providing facts about the history of the Athens State Hospital; some of the people who worked and lived there; the architecture; and industries related to the site. Through virtual reality, participants can learn historic facts, about motivations of those that lived in the past, and how multiple elements of life and culture are connected through activities involving trial and error, exploration, and puzzle-solving.

Currently available on itch.io

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Technology & Mediums Used


Unity 3D

Blender

Substance
Painter

Steam VR

Samsung Odyssey

C#

Shown at the Following...

2021 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Expo
Won Best Use of Social Media Feature

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Credits and Special Thanks


Creator:
  • Hope E. Moore
  • including modeling, texturing, and scripting
Original Score:
  • "I Hope That When I Die It's Cool Like I'm Assassinated By Ghosts Or Something" by Grace Allyse Pratt
Floor plans provided by:
  • Miranda Kridler, Senior Planner, Strategy and Innovation Office
Links to organizations and exhibits mentioned in the experience: Special Thanks:
  • Ed Pauley, Director, Kennedy Museum of Art
  • Shawna Bolin
  • Brent Buckley, Director, Design and Construction Support Services
  • 2019-2020 Museum Studies cohort
  • Kennedy Museum of Art staff
  • Southeast Ohio History Center

MFA Communication Media Art Thesis Committee:
  • Tyler Ayers
  • Jeff Kuhn
  • Sam Girton

For support, testing, and inspiration:
For opportunities and support: Models used:
  • "Apple Crate" by user hako25AI
  • "Bed" and "Office chair (LOW-POLY)" by user shedmon
  • "Curtain and Décor" by user batu.eken
  • "Flourescent Light" by user Rafenn (which I luckily found through a misspelling)
  • "Iron Shelf" and "Milk Bucket" by user thunderpwn
  • "Rose Flowers" by user centaurus21
  • "Shelf" by Tom Taylor ( Tomations )
  • "Simple Roller" and "Tall Shelf" by user Blender3D
  • "Workshop table industrial" by KOMODOZ ( komodoz )
  • Some stock audio by Adobe Audition Sound Effects.
Sources:
  • Brown, Gabriel. "Longview Asylum: Good Intentions Gone Wrong." The Irish in Cincinnati. University of Cincinnati Archives & Rare Books Library: 2017. (link)
  • Brumfield, Sara. "Dairy Barn Celebrates 100th Year." Athens Messenger. 6 June, 2014. Accessed through woub.org. (link)
  • Carmosino, Jessica. "The Cleveland State Hospital." ClevelandHistorical.org. Published 5 Feb 2013. Last Updated 12 Sep 2019. (link)
  • "Columbus State Hospital." AsylumProjects.org. 2 Jan 2018. (link)
  • Downs, Maggie. "Tales from the Ridges." The Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio). Chronicles with Maggie Downs. 27 May 2002. pp. 1. Accessed through Newspapers.com. (link)
  • Genealogy Trails. (link)
  • "History of the Barn." The Dairy Barn Arts Center. (link)
  • Janus: There's More to What You See. Virtual exhibition. (link)
  • Kirkbride Buildings. (link)
  • "The Kirkbride Plan." 99 Percent Invisible. Episode 373. 8 Oct 2019. (link)
  • Kirkbride, Thomas S. On the Construction, Organization, and General Arrangements of Hospitals for the Insane. Philadelphia: 1854. Accessed through Google Books.
  • "Longview State Hospital." AsylumProjects.org. 26 Aug 2014. (link)
  • Mars, Roman, and Kurt Kohlstedt. The 99% Invisible City: a Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.
  • McCall, Samantha. "ART SHINES IN APPALACHIAN OUTPOST." Columbus Dispatch, The (OH), Home Final ed., sec. NEWS, 14 Sept. 1997, p. 05C. NewsBank: Access World News – Historical and Current, infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=WORLDNEWS&docref=news/10DF3B87B07C8960. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.
  • Miller, Alan D.. "OU READY TO EXPAND INTO OLD CENTER - TRUSTEES MAY OK PLANS FOR MUSEUM, RESEARCH FACILITY." Columbus Dispatch, The (OH), Home Final ed., sec. NEWS, 2 Oct. 1993, p. 07C. NewsBank: Access World News – Historical and Current, .newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=WORLDNEWS&docref=news/10E0DA69C631AD98. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.
  • Mapes, Netta. "Nurses, Athens State Hospital grounds, August 19, 1912." Ohio University Library Digital Archival Collections. From the Athens Mental Health Center and Netta Mapes collections. 19 Aug, 1912. Photograph. Accessed digitally. (link) Image was modified.
  • Roseboom, Nell. "Nursing Students, Athens State Hospital, circa 1910-1914." Ohio University Library Digital Archival Collections. From the Athens Mental Health Center and Nell Roseboom collections. Photograph. Accessed digitally. (link) Image was modified.
  • Royal, Tiffany and Ben Roode. "Asylums + History = Creepy." The Post (Athens, Ohio). 26 Oct 2000. It's On! Section. Pg. 6. Accessed through Ohio University Library Digital Archives.
  • Woods, Jim. "OLD ATHENS MENTAL HEALTH CENTER IS MOVING LAST PATIENTS TO NEW HOME." Columbus Dispatch, The (OH), Home Final ed., sec. NEWS, 22 Mar. 1993, p. 04C. NewsBank: Access World News – Historical and Current, infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=WORLDNEWS&docref=news/10E0D98ABB07F428. Accessed 18 Oct. 2020.
  • Tortora, Andrea. "Art galleries add culture to Ohio college town." The Cincinnati Enquirer. Travel. 25 June 2000. pp. 6. Accessed through Newspapers.com (link)
  • Ziff, Katherine. Asylum on the Hill. Ohio University Press: 2012. Kindle Edition.