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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
•Mean...
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 ow...
How do you create a
relationship between
the visitor and the
characters in the
story -- whether those
characters are
objec...
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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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

  1. 1. Immersion in Museums Image here aligned with MCN above and baseline of text next to it. #mcn2013immersion
  2. 2. What does immersion in museums look like? Ed Rodley Peabody Essex Museum
  3. 3. “Museums are wormholes to other worlds” -Jerry Saltz (on Reddit of all places)
  4. 4. I’ve only ever cried once in a museum
  5. 5. This is where I work
  6. 6. This is also where I work
  7. 7. So I wonder about immersion and how we can use it.
  8. 8. The kinds of immersive museum experiences
  9. 9. Share space with history CC-BY-SA 3.0 image from Wikipedia user Daderot
  10. 10. Observe a moment
  11. 11. Observe a set piece
  12. 12. Get lost in it all
  13. 13. Take in a show
  14. 14. What are the hallmarks of immersive experiences? •Realism of the illusion •Dimensionality •Multi-sensory stimulation •Meaningfulness •Mental imagery •Lack of interfering factors
  15. 15. So what?
  16. 16. Immersion is a means, not an end
  17. 17. Immersion can contribute to a flow experience With apologies to M. Csíkszentmihályi
  18. 18. How does immersion work in other media? So, I asked around. And here we are.
  19. 19. How do you create realistic and appropriate viewer expectations for an immersive museum experience?
  20. 20. How do you strike the right balance between providing scaffolding and freedom for visitors to control the flow of their own experience?
  21. 21. How do you create a relationship between the visitor and the characters in the story -- whether those characters are objects, artworks, or actors?
  22. 22. How do you create opportunities for visitors to have shared experiences that don't break the immersion?
  23. 23. 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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