Mapping Modernism is an interactive installation. It provides museum visitors with an interesting way to explore information behind some of the exhibition items through the designers that created them. Museum visitors interact with the installation through physical objects, which are moved on a table that tracks their movements and displays digital information in relation to those objects.
The goal of the installation is to let the users experience and learn about relationships and connections between designers, artists and artifacts that shaped modernism. By visualizing these convergence points, the user gets a sense of the larger picture of the Bauhaus community that designed much of the world we currently live in.
One of our aims is to introduce a novel interface experience to the classical museum setting. We want to challenge the traditional way (i.e. textual placates) of displaying exhibition related information in a museum. We believe that a simple and highly visual interactive system entices the visitors to explore this information, to play with it, and while doing so, to learn from it.
Mapping Modernism is based on sophisticated image recognition software called Reactivision.
Credits: Sampo Jalasto, Reha Discioglu, Akira Sano, Matti Schneider-Ghibaudo, Agnieszka Paszkowska, Laura Sebastián Magaña. Supervision: Professor Lily Díaz.
Project from Media Lab. Aalto University of Helsinki. http://www.aalto.fi/en/school/artdesign/