Feeling the exhibition

Design for an immersive and sensory exhibition experience

Authored by: Maholo Uchida , Jingyu Peng

The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138676305
eBook ISBN: 9781315560168
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Sensorially, what does a museum experience “feel” like? Museum visiting is a multi-sensory experience that combines and interacts through the visual, the auditory, the olfactory, the tactile, and other senses. Inspired by what it sees as a “sensory turn” in both museum studies and museum practice, this chapter aims to understand in-gallery technology from a sense perspective. The chapter reviews a range of current examples of vivid and creative digital practices, and what emerges is a new sensibility to both multi-sensory and immersive experiences within the museum. It introduces an emerging approach to thinking about and designing digital installations—“scenography.” To assist this, it looks at two instances of a time-based scenographic approach being used in practice: Geo-Cosmos at Miraikan and Björk Digital.

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