We’re all accustomed to the sterile white-washed walls and ‘Do Not Touch’ signs in art galleries, making these spaces a rather uninviting place and less than engaging experience. However, it’s great to see exhibits that breakthrough these traditional boundaries, and seek for visitors to discover, explore and better yet play with pieces of work, adding to an added dimension to the typical gallery visit.
TUBO, an exhibition commissioned for Hangzhou International Design Week feels at first like any other exhibition with it’s blank white walls, but it isn’t. At the centre of the space if a pool of 20,000 multi-coloured foam tubes which can be used to to transform the perforated white walls and food sculptures into a 3D Colouring Book as children are encouraged to interact, touch and play. Using Tubo they knit the walls, make shapes, dress pieces creating a burst of colour.
An initiative at Cleveland Museum of Art, many years on continues to attract new visitors as well as surprise existing with their concept, ‘Gallery One’ a series of novel interactive exhibitions creating a new and dynamic experience that blend art and technology as part of a museum practice.
Browsing collections is an interactive game with gestures, facial expressions pulling together and curating artworks through a digital screen - giving each individual the opportunity to enjoy it in their own way, rather than dictating a single method.
Another exhibition that engages new technologies and provides a a departure from the traditional science exhibitry is ‘Learning to See’ as part of the permanent exhibit in the new Science Pyramid at Denver Botanic Gardens that brings to life stories hidden within Colorado’s landscape.
A unique sensory experience - interactive pylons seek for visitors to peer into peepholes to watch videos, use their own bodies as amplifiers to listen to the sound of the ecosystem. This is all within a responsive environment that reflects cycles of nature through LED lighting and software interface elements which are responsive to the Garden, creating an activating interior space that is not only informative but engaging. What’s even better about this exhibitions, is that as the research evolves the digital components are easily able to updated accordingly
It’s great to see a breakthrough in the usual museum experience of ‘Don’t Touch’, and how new technologies merge with museum and it’s exhibits in creating new and dynamic experiences for the visitor that become more memorable. Definitely the type of museum / gallery visit I'm looking for!