Last week we set up the degree exhibition, where I could see people from outside school interact with my final plant installation prototype. It was great! “How does the tree know where I touched?!” It was nice to hear that from people and see how they get tricked into thinking that the plant is actually aware.
Following I would like to share some photos from the final presentation and exhibition.
Discussion at the museum
Today I eventually got a chance to meet with the local plant/food tour guide. I presented the concept to her ini order to get her feedback but also to get more insight on the content that my installation might provide.
It took some time to settle around the technology of the installation, as it is not the most usual type of input. The questions that she was asking
"How can you continue your visit at home?"
"Those who were here ones or twice. How do you get them to come back?"
She though it was nice that the stories are a coming to the audience not personally, so many people can share the experience.
"The audio guide is often a private thing. It is nice when you can create collaboration around it."
The idea of having the plant react to the visitor was met very well. This was plant sort of talks for itself.
She thought that the storytelling is a big part of the experience. The facts have to be presented as a story. They also have to be quite short.
It was though as nice that installation is everyday and year-round, as you cannot have the guided tours all the time.
Gammlia museum is “Societies memory bag”. So, it is also important for the museum to open discussion so that they can collect and build on top of the questions and the memories that the visitors have.
As a result, I could see the museum being interested in the type of installation and especially in collaboration with the local enthusiasts and study groups, as it drives more interests into the museum by making the information more personal.
"If you actively participate in the exhibition, if you contribute your memory or inspiration, you start feeling like you are a part of it. Then you are most likely to come back and share the experience with your friends or family."