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Slides from my presentation the MCN 2013 conference in Montreal. Examines different kinds of immersive experiences in museum settings and probes the underlying vlaue of immersion as a design goal.

Slides from my presentation the MCN 2013 conference in Montreal. Examines different kinds of immersive experiences in museum settings and probes the underlying vlaue of immersion as a design goal.

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Immersion in Museums Immersion in Museums Presentation Transcript

  • Immersion in Museums Image here aligned with MCN above and baseline of text next to it. #mcn2013immersion
  • What does immersion in museums look like? Ed Rodley Peabody Essex Museum
  • “Museums are wormholes to other worlds” -Jerry Saltz (on Reddit of all places)
  • I’ve only ever cried once in a museum
  • This is where I work
  • This is also where I work
  • So I wonder about immersion and how we can use it.
  • The kinds of immersive museum experiences
  • Share space with history CC-BY-SA 3.0 image from Wikipedia user Daderot
  • Observe a moment
  • Observe a set piece
  • Get lost in it all
  • Take in a show
  • What are the hallmarks of immersive experiences? •Realism of the illusion •Dimensionality •Multi-sensory stimulation •Meaningfulness •Mental imagery •Lack of interfering factors
  • So what?
  • Immersion is a means, not an end
  • Immersion can contribute to a flow experience With apologies to M. Csíkszentmihályi
  • How does immersion work in other media? So, I asked around. And here we are.
  • How do you create realistic and appropriate viewer expectations for an immersive museum experience?
  • How do you strike the right balance between providing scaffolding and freedom for visitors to control the flow of their own experience?
  • How do you create a relationship between the visitor and the characters in the story -- whether those characters are objects, artworks, or actors?
  • How do you create opportunities for visitors to have shared experiences that don't break the immersion?
  • When the curator is no longer simply the teacher, what is her or his role in this new type of exhibition experience?
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