Memory Pool, 18 Camps, Audio Guide

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Potion created all of the interactive technology for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, including the Spatial Audio Guides, the 18 Camps Interactive Room, and the centerpiece of the first gallery, The Memory Pool.

The Memory Pool illuminates the stories of Jews and other minorities before the Holocaust and highlights the commonalities between their lives and the lives of visitors today. These stories emerge as photographs on the surface of the table, as if floating in a pool of water. Visitors see people playing sports, going to school, celebrating weddings, and socializing with friends. As images in the Memory Pool eventually fade away, they foreshadow the grim realities of the Holocaust revealed in the subsequent rooms of the museum.

Awards

  • Gold, AAM Muse Awards, Spatial Audio Guide
  • Silver, AAM Muse Awards, 18 Camps

Press

Credits

  • Potion
    Concept & Design Development
    Software Development
    Graphic & Interactive Design
  • Belzberg Architects
    Planning & Architecture
  • Variate Labs
    Exhibit Design & Direction
  • Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation
    Image/Content Database
  • The Tech Consultants
    A/V Consulting & Installation
  • Amuneal
    Table Panel Fabrication

18 Camps is a field of united interactive displays devoted to the darkest moments of the Holocaust, with each screen embodying a specific concentration camp, giving it a unique voice in the space. Given the nature of the content, Potion designed the touch-sensitive displays to be as simple as possible, placing emphasis on the power of the photography. Each screen features historical photographs of the camps, stories of victims, first-person accounts of survivors and statistics about each camp.

Unlike traditional museum audio guides, the Spatial Audio Guide is the primary source of non-visual information within the museum. The palm-sized audio guide provides narrated descriptions for up to 100 artifacts in each of the museum’s ten galleries. The guide also provides synced audio for a handful of video displays located throughout the museum. This feature is the first of a kind in a hand-held listening device, and even supports syncing with video presented within the Potion-designed interactive touchscreens.

18 Camps is a field of united interactive displays devoted to the darkest moments of the Holocaust, with each screen embodying a specific concentration camp, giving it a unique voice in the space. Given the nature of the content, Potion designed the touch-sensitive displays to be as simple as possible, placing emphasis on the power of the photography. Each screen features historical photographs of the camps, stories of victims, first-person accounts of survivors and statistics about each camp.

Unlike traditional museum audio guides, the Spatial Audio Guide is the primary source of non-visual information within the museum. The palm-sized audio guide provides narrated descriptions for up to 100 artifacts in each of the museum’s ten galleries. The guide also provides synced audio for a handful of video displays located throughout the museum. This feature is the first of a kind in a hand-held listening device, and even supports syncing with video presented within the Potion-designed interactive touchscreens.

Awards

  • Gold, AAM Muse Awards, Spatial Audio Guide
  • Silver, AAM Muse Awards, 18 Camps

Press

Credits

  • Potion
    Concept & Design Development
    Software Development
    Graphic & Interactive Design
  • Belzberg Architects
    Planning & Architecture
  • Variate Labs
    Exhibit Design & Direction
  • Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation
    Image/Content Database
  • The Tech Consultants
    A/V Consulting & Installation
  • Amuneal
    Table Panel Fabrication