Dimitri Darzentas (2012 cohort)

Dimitri’s research focuses on creating a content creation, presentation and sharing platform using adaptable Photogrammetry 3D scanning technology to create 3D models of physical objects, and then combining them with Mixed Reality (MR) techniques to create engaging interaction experiences.

Between September 2017 and March 2018, Dimitri will use this impact grant to:

  • Package a 3D scanning technique into a robust method for public virtual content generation.
  • Provide engaging ways to experience the content using MR interfaces.
  • Deploy the technology with both existing and new partners including The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham and the Tate Modern in London.
  • Persue service-based commercialisation by developing a business model that aims to provide the platform both as a service, and as a set of smaller self-contained products.


Dimitri has now completed phase II of the Mixed Reality Storytelling project, which commenced with a multi-part public exhibit (consisting of an AR exhibition and a 3D scanning both) at The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham in February 2017. The Virtual Scan Gallery captures all models and items that were scanned and turned into highly detailed 3D models at the exhibit.

Between 28 September and 8 October, Dimitri’s 3D scanning technology was used to create 3D models of the objects produced in an art exhibition held at Tate in London, Factory: The Seen and the Unseen, where the entire floor of the new Tate Exchange building was turned into a ceramics factory for the public to create and share objects.  Models from this exhibition can also be viewed in Dimitri’s Virtual Scan Gallery.

Through a collaboration with the CityArts Armchair Gallery project, Dimitri was invited to produce a 3D scan of the Statue of the Veiled Vestal Virgin which is on display at Chatsworth House. The scan can be viewed here.

Dimitri submitted his PhD thesis entitled ‘The Lives of Objects: Designing for Meaningful Things’ in September 2017, and passed his viva on 30 November 2017.