What makes for an engaging museum installation? (Lecture)

Posted: Saturday, 27 March 2010

Dr. Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde, UK
Thursday 15 April 14:30-15:30
Admission is free and all are welcome

University of Limerick, Room: KB118 (Kemmy Business School Building)

The talk will discuss findings and observations from two studies of museum installations, focussing on aspects that contribute to their success in terms of visitor engagement and the social 'user experience'. The talk is based on the mixed-method evaluation of a long-term exhibition containing about 20 interactive stations in the Technical Museum in Vienna, and an observational study in the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, which has recently been reopened and features several innovative installations by the media design company art+com. My observations highlight how social interactions around the installation can enrich the actual installation (and form an essential part of the experience), the role of physicality and physical setup, and how contextual embedding can support indexing between contents of an installation and the physical exhibition.

Dr Eva Hornecker is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. In previous lives, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pervasive Interaction Lab at the Open University and the University of Sussex (working on the Equator project) in the UK, and an Acting Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and at the TU Vienna in Austria. She wrote a PhD thesis on 'Tangible Interfaces as a medium for collaboration support' at the University of Bremen. Her research interests concern multimodal, tangible and embodied interaction, CSCW, user research, design methods, and qualitative research methods for understanding user interaction with 'beyond the desktop' technologies.

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