Light is History
A Community Participated Museum Installation
@Samir_Bhowmik
Media Lab Helsinki
MuseumNext 2014
samirbhowm...
COMMUNITY SHARING
WELLBEING
ENERGY USE
WELLBEING
HERITAGE ENERGY=
HERITAGE ENERGY	
  =
MUSIC
PRIVATE
PUBLIC
MIESTEN VUORO (STEAM OF LIFE) 2010
SAUNA
STOVE
MAN WITH
STORIES
“I have cried, laughed, loved, broke up,
been quiet, thought loud, partied, been
alone and with ten people, sang, told
sec...
energy savings
energy artifact
Home
FIRST PROTOTYPE
MEDIA OF ENERGY & EMOTIONS EXHIBITION 2013
energy savings publishing
energy artifact narrative
+
+
Home
+ app & web portal	

+ microprocessor
+ repository
FIRST PROT...
energy savings publishing
energy artifact narrative
light

therapy
display
+
+
Home
Public
+ app & web portal	

+ micropro...
A MOBILE APP FOR SHARING ENERGY
October 23, 2012
YODEU! Light is History
Date Units in
kWh
Your Daily
Difference
29th
28th...
HELSINKI
KALLIO
lightishistory.tumblr.com
DIGITAL ARCHIVE
"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 ...
“I got this toothbrush as a gift to myself. The wish of
possessing such a thing came from my personal
consciousness about ...
SALORA ORTHOPERSPECTA
“My father purchased this time of high-tech equipment, Salora
Orthoperspecta Radio with speakers in ...
AN INSTALLATION FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS
ENERGY COMPANY DUMPSTER - HELSINKI
THE ALTERNATIVE VITRINE
THE LIGHT BOX & THE VITRINE
COMMERCIAL METER
HOUSEHOLD METER
BUILDING IN THE LAB
ARDUINO
MICROPROCESSORS
ONSITE COMPUTING
LED STRIPS
RECYCLED
WOOD
APPROX. 10 000 LUX
COMPARABLE TO ANY COMMERCIAL PRODUCT
THE LIGHT BOX
THE VITRINE
IMAGE OF THE ARTIFACTS
HISTORY
PERSONAL NARRATIVES
OPENING DAY
POP-UP MUSEUM
LIGHT THERAPY
LIGHT THERAPY
LIGHT THERAPY
LIGHT THERAPY
LEARNING ABOUT ENERGY USE
POSING FOR THE CAMERAS
DAILY MEET-UPS FOR ENERGY TALKS
THE OTHER CHRISTMAS TREE
BARELY LEGAL
MUSEUM VISIT AT -10 C
SCHOOL VISIT DURING SNOW -STORM
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
Light is History
@Samir_Bhowmik
samirbhowmik.cc/
Samir Bhowmik MuseumNext 2014 Light is History Helsinki Finland
Samir Bhowmik MuseumNext 2014 Light is History Helsinki Finland
Samir Bhowmik MuseumNext 2014 Light is History Helsinki Finland
Samir Bhowmik MuseumNext 2014 Light is History Helsinki Finland
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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 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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Samir Bhowmik MuseumNext 2014 Light is History Helsinki Finland

  1. 1. Light is History A Community Participated Museum Installation @Samir_Bhowmik Media Lab Helsinki MuseumNext 2014 samirbhowmik.cc/
  2. 2. COMMUNITY SHARING WELLBEING ENERGY USE
  3. 3. WELLBEING HERITAGE ENERGY=
  4. 4. HERITAGE ENERGY  = MUSIC
  5. 5. PRIVATE PUBLIC MIESTEN VUORO (STEAM OF LIFE) 2010 SAUNA STOVE MAN WITH STORIES
  6. 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. 7. energy savings energy artifact Home FIRST PROTOTYPE MEDIA OF ENERGY & EMOTIONS EXHIBITION 2013
  8. 8. energy savings publishing energy artifact narrative + + Home + app & web portal + microprocessor + repository FIRST PROTOTYPE MEDIA OF ENERGY & EMOTIONS EXHIBITION 2013
  9. 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. 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. 11. HELSINKI KALLIO
  12. 12. lightishistory.tumblr.com DIGITAL ARCHIVE
  13. 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. 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. 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. 16. AN INSTALLATION FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS ENERGY COMPANY DUMPSTER - HELSINKI
  17. 17. THE ALTERNATIVE VITRINE
  18. 18. THE LIGHT BOX & THE VITRINE COMMERCIAL METER HOUSEHOLD METER
  19. 19. BUILDING IN THE LAB ARDUINO MICROPROCESSORS ONSITE COMPUTING LED STRIPS RECYCLED WOOD
  20. 20. APPROX. 10 000 LUX COMPARABLE TO ANY COMMERCIAL PRODUCT THE LIGHT BOX
  21. 21. THE VITRINE IMAGE OF THE ARTIFACTS HISTORY PERSONAL NARRATIVES
  22. 22. OPENING DAY
  23. 23. POP-UP MUSEUM
  24. 24. LIGHT THERAPY
  25. 25. LIGHT THERAPY LIGHT THERAPY
  26. 26. LIGHT THERAPY
  27. 27. LEARNING ABOUT ENERGY USE
  28. 28. POSING FOR THE CAMERAS
  29. 29. DAILY MEET-UPS FOR ENERGY TALKS
  30. 30. THE OTHER CHRISTMAS TREE
  31. 31. BARELY LEGAL
  32. 32. MUSEUM VISIT AT -10 C
  33. 33. SCHOOL VISIT DURING SNOW -STORM
  34. 34. BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
  35. 35. Light is History @Samir_Bhowmik samirbhowmik.cc/

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