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Communicating Art through Interactive Technology: New Approaches for Interaction Design in Art Museums

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This paper discusses new approaches to interaction design for communication of art in the physical museum space. In contrast to the widespread utilization of interactive tech­nologies in cultural heritage and natural science museums it is generally a challenge to introduce technology in art museums without disturbing the domain of the art works.

To explore the possibilities of communicating art through the use of technology, and to minimize disturbance of the artworks, we apply four main approaches in the communication: 1) gentle audio augmentation of art works; 2) conceptual affinity of art works and remote interactive installations; 3) using the body as an interaction device; 4) consistent audio-visual cues for interaction opportunities. The paper describes the application of these approaches for communication of inspira­tional material for a Mariko Mori exhibition. The installations are described and argued for. Experiences with the interactive com­munication are discussed based on qua­li­ta­tive and quantitative evaluations of visitor reactions. It is concluded that the installations are received well by the visitors, who perceived exhibition and communication as a holi­stic user experience with a seamless interactive communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction: building bridges
EditorsKonrad Tollmar, Bodil Jönsson
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2008
ISBN (print)978-1-59593-704-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventNordic conference on Human-computer interaction: building bridges. NordiCHI 2008 - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 20 Oct 200822 Oct 2008
Conference number: 5


ConferenceNordic conference on Human-computer interaction: building bridges. NordiCHI 2008
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Research areas

  • Interaction design, user experience, art museums, com¬muni¬cating art, audio augmentation, body as an interaction device.

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