In 2012, I managed development of a museum exhibit interactive called The Alchemical Quest, which supported an exhibit of rare books. The books originated during the golden age of alchemy, from the 16th and 17th centuries and were drawn from the collections of the Othmer Library of Chemical History. The report below documents the project team’s efforts to make these texts accessible and alive to visitors via touch projection technology.
- Reinforce the depth and complexity presented in the exhibition content
- Implicitly reiterate the exhibition narratives while allowing for visitors to enjoy the imagery of the books through the interactive experience
- Provide visitors with alternate means of experiencing the books in the exhibition
- Foster curiosity and encourage deeper exploration of images and text
- Demonstrate an example of an alchemical process in its entirety
- Reflect the fantastical and practical balance found within the books
Case Study: Museum Interactive for The Alchemical Quest Exhibit by jkguin
Drawing History: Telling the Stories of Science through Comics and Graphic Novels from ChemHeritage on Vimeo.
In 2013, as part of my work managing digital initiatives at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, I created a livestreamed program titled #HistChem to establish a deeper dialog with CHF’s audiences around topics of history, science and culture.
Among the program’s objectives:
- Make the institution accessible by featuring its people, collections and research initiatives
- Unify traditional & social media platforms
- Spark compelling conversations about History & SciTech
- Track effectiveness through metrics & social curation tools
A channel of the program’s episodes can be accessed here: https://vimeo.com/channels/789012
You can access the interim evaluation report with tips for other cultural institutions wishing to adopt livestreaming as well. View it below or by accessing this link: scribd.com/doc/232511146/Program-Report-Livestreaming-Engagement-Model-for-Cultural-Heritage
Program Report: Livestreaming Engagement Model for Cultural Heritage by jkguin