Transforming visitors’ contemporary art experience
Interaction Design, Design Research
North Carolina State University
This investigation elaborates on critical viewing and meaning-making at the art museum by transforming the visitor role from viewer to contributor.
The scenario in this investigation was a contemporary art museum. Through sketching and concept mapping I explored artist-visitor-artwork-gallery relationships and what it means to have "an experience." I concluded that as a viewer moves through an exhibition, his/her appreciation and understanding changes: a context exchange occurs at each of these touch points. I felt there was a missed opportunity here, which prompted my question: how can museums exploit this context exchange?
I developed a proof-of-concept for a system that prompts a visitor to reflect on his/her present experience with the artwork. Reflections are integrated into a real-time, digital visualization that is installed on the side of an adjacent building: visitors see their contribution as they exit the gallery. This causes the visitor's role to transform from viewer to contributor.
User experience mapping
Instructor: Meredith Davis
For the purpose of this investigation, CAM Raleigh was used for reference only. This investigation is not affiliated with CAM Raleigh.
"The action and its consequence must be joined in perception. This relationship is what gives meaning; to grasp it is the objective of all intelligence. The scope and content of the relations measure the significant content of an experience."
John Dewey, Art as Experience