Now available for free download, the smartphone application "My Warsaw - Warszawa jest moja" combines an urban game with an innovative guide to Janusz Korczak and his home town
The application My Warsaw - Warszawa jest moja which premieres on June 1, 2012 uses the technology of augmented reality in order to bring back the Warsaw of the past, a city as Korczak could have known it. The technology allows for superimposing of two images: the actual image as seen by the eye of the phone camera is combined with the historical view generated by the app and based on the archival footage.
This completely modern time machine will take its users on a journey through space and time to show a city and its inhabitants which are not there any more," says Jan Śpiewak from the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the institution which is one of the producers of the application.
After installing the app on your smartphone the screen will show a map of Warsaw offering the user two possible Korczak-related tours across the city (both around 12-kilometer long). The first will take us to places which are directly connected with Korczak's youth and his paedagogical work, the other will feature places related to Korczak's life in the war time. The tours offer around 50 points of interest described in detail by historians, with archival photographs and with additional quotations from works by Korczak.
Apart from the main feature of augmented reality the users can also engage in an urban game in which they will answer questions about Korczak and thus activate new, earlier unavailable points of Korczak interest. The app connects with Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
Jan Śpiewak, who attended the presentation of the app at DSH on Thursday said, "the application is a perfect rendering of the concept of the 'museum without walls', an idea which has been realised by the the Museum of the History of Polish Jews - in it every street can become a gallery while every house can function as a museal artifact". The building of Museum which has engaged in the production of the application is currently under construction and will open in 2013.
Korczak felt a special bond with Warsaw where he spent almost all of his life. The Old Doctor was born in ulica Bielańska, and he ran his famous orphanage Dom Sierot in Krochmalna (today: Jaktorowska 6). Eventually he and his children departed from the Warsaw Ghetto and headed for Treblinka in August of 1942.
The tours have been prepared by Jagna Kofta and Agnieszka Witkowska, both experienced Warsaw guides, with wide practice in organising historical trips through Korczak's Warsaw.
The app was prepared by Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Dom Spotkań z Historią and Moiseum, under the patronage of the Spokesman for the Children's Rights and in co-operation with Samsung.
You can download "My Warsaw - Warszawa jest moja" from GooglePlay and AppStore starting June 1, 2012. After installation the application is available offline, without having to use internet.
The application is available in two language versions: Polish and English.
Source: PAP, press materials, editor: mg