The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust engaged Potion to develop and design "18 Camps," a field of united interactive displays within the gallery devoted to the darkest moments of the Holocaust. As the name of the installation suggests, each screen with "18 Camps" embodies a specific concentration camp, giving it a unique voice in the space.
Given the nature of the content, Potion designed the touch-sensitive displays to be as simple as possible, placing emphasis on the power of the photography. Each screen features historical photographs of the camps, stories of victims, first-person accounts of survivors and statistics about each camp. Several of the screens also offer artwork and poems by survivors of the camp. There is also a section reserved for perpetrators from each camp, along with details of their iniquities.
"18 Camps’" minimal interface exists in the lower fifth of each screen within a translucent overlay above the full-screen photographs. Since the photographs exist on a single line, the visitor may view all of them simply by proceeding from one to the next. Along that line, photographs are grouped together within general categories, such as “victims” and “survivors”. Visitors may jump directly to these photographs by touching one of the category labels along the bottom of the screen.
When the screens are not being used by a visitor, all eighteen displays sync with each other in a choreographed sequence of imagery and text, suggesting the camps’ mechanical role within the Nazi machine. Parallel statistics roll across the suite of screens, followed by maps of the camps’ locations, followed by stories of specific victims. The result is a gently-paced but nonetheless overwhelming display of the Holocaust’s colossal yet distributed tragedy.
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