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The “Light is History” project in Helsinki involved a participatory public museum installation that served as a research object in an urban square where community members anonymously displayed ...

The “Light is History” project in Helsinki involved a participatory public museum installation that served as a research object in an urban square where community members anonymously displayed information of their personal artefacts and shared their energy use information for the common wellbeing. Here, a co-curated and participatory framework was built around daily practices bringing together local community. The outcomes of this project allowed us to learn about community sustainability, learning and wellbeing.

The lessons learnt from this project may have implications for museums and heritage institutions. The project proposes how methodologies of participation and installation could serve museums in the future to build sustainable practices around artefacts in their own collections.

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  • 1. Light is History A Community Participated Museum Installation @Samir_Bhowmik Media Lab Helsinki MuseumNext 2014 samirbhowmik.cc/
  • 2. COMMUNITY SHARING WELLBEING ENERGY USE
  • 3. WELLBEING HERITAGE ENERGY=
  • 4. HERITAGE ENERGY  = MUSIC
  • 5. PRIVATE PUBLIC MIESTEN VUORO (STEAM OF LIFE) 2010 SAUNA STOVE MAN WITH STORIES
  • 6. “I have cried, laughed, loved, broke up, been quiet, thought loud, partied, been alone and with ten people, sang, told secrets, composed poems and music in the sauna. When the stove says tsssh, the mind says tsssh. The steam is hot and the stones are beautiful..... sauna is my thing” ELECTRIC SAUNA lightishistory.tumblr.com ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION 336 KwH per Year
  • 7. energy savings energy artifact Home FIRST PROTOTYPE MEDIA OF ENERGY & EMOTIONS EXHIBITION 2013
  • 8. energy savings publishing energy artifact narrative + + Home + app & web portal + microprocessor + repository FIRST PROTOTYPE MEDIA OF ENERGY & EMOTIONS EXHIBITION 2013
  • 9. energy savings publishing energy artifact narrative light therapy display + + Home Public + app & web portal + microprocessor + repository FIRST PROTOTYPE MEDIA OF ENERGY & EMOTIONS EXHIBITION 2013
  • 10. A MOBILE APP FOR SHARING ENERGY October 23, 2012 YODEU! Light is History Date Units in kWh Your Daily Difference 29th 28th 2.45 -0.44 27th 2.01 +2.43
  • 11. HELSINKI KALLIO
  • 12. lightishistory.tumblr.com DIGITAL ARCHIVE
  • 13. "This globe is a gift from one of our dear friend, who knew that both of us like globes. He found it in a flea market. For us, it is a symbol of traveling, which is the most cherished hobby. This great hobby will become less of a delight when cheap oil runs out. The globe and its warm 80s-style lighting in addition brings back memories of our childhood” ILLUMINATED GLOBE lightishistory.tumblr.com ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION 6 KwH per Year
  • 14. “I got this toothbrush as a gift to myself. The wish of possessing such a thing came from my personal consciousness about my teeth (yeah, I like smiling and I do it a lot!). This brush works perfectly: it is much more effective in cleaning, comparing to mechanical brushes. What I also appreciate is that it allows me to be lazy, especially in the morning time, i.e. it does the job literally by itself, with its own power (electric)!” ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH lightishistory.tumblr.com ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION 0,4 KwH per Year
  • 15. SALORA ORTHOPERSPECTA “My father purchased this time of high-tech equipment, Salora Orthoperspecta Radio with speakers in the early 1970s. I got it for my personal use at age 6, some fifteen years later. As a child and as a young girl in Rovaniemi my radio launched a world of events, stories, and especially music into my room……” lightishistory.tumblr.com ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION 20 KwH per Year
  • 16. AN INSTALLATION FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS ENERGY COMPANY DUMPSTER - HELSINKI
  • 17. THE ALTERNATIVE VITRINE
  • 18. THE LIGHT BOX & THE VITRINE COMMERCIAL METER HOUSEHOLD METER
  • 19. BUILDING IN THE LAB ARDUINO MICROPROCESSORS ONSITE COMPUTING LED STRIPS RECYCLED WOOD
  • 20. APPROX. 10 000 LUX COMPARABLE TO ANY COMMERCIAL PRODUCT THE LIGHT BOX
  • 21. THE VITRINE IMAGE OF THE ARTIFACTS HISTORY PERSONAL NARRATIVES
  • 22. OPENING DAY
  • 23. POP-UP MUSEUM
  • 24. LIGHT THERAPY
  • 25. LIGHT THERAPY LIGHT THERAPY
  • 26. LIGHT THERAPY
  • 27. LEARNING ABOUT ENERGY USE
  • 28. POSING FOR THE CAMERAS
  • 29. DAILY MEET-UPS FOR ENERGY TALKS
  • 30. THE OTHER CHRISTMAS TREE
  • 31. BARELY LEGAL
  • 32. MUSEUM VISIT AT -10 C
  • 33. SCHOOL VISIT DURING SNOW -STORM
  • 34. BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
  • 35. Light is History @Samir_Bhowmik samirbhowmik.cc/