Overview

16 different multi-player games with over 1,000 artworks

New features including full body gesture, facial recognition, and gaze tracking

Over 70’ of immersive projection

Real-time bluetooth syncing to visitors’ personal devices

100% fully updatable

The museum team looked at their collection as a whole, from sculpture, to painting, to print and photography, and wanted to equip every visitor to the museum with new ways to look closer at art. Our team developed sixteen interactive games that teach visitors four foundational art history concepts: Composition, Symbols, Purpose, and Gesture + Emotion. In one case, visitors can use their hands to trace out the underlying structures of a painting’s composition. In another, after viewing an ancient sculpture, visitors unlock the meaning of an artist’s use of mythological symbols. A piece of medieval armor hanging in a case may be beautiful by itself, but the opportunity to virtually “wear” it on your own body makes its protective and decorative purpose more clear and impactful. Finally, throughout the museum’s collections, different cultures represent and embody different emotions with different gestures and expressions. Through our interactive experiences, visitors embody these gestures and emotions to gain an understanding and appreciation of artists’ ability to represent the enormous range of human emotions in media from bronze to ink.

The museum team looked at their collection as a whole, from sculpture, to painting, to print and photography, and wanted to equip every visitor to the museum with new ways to look closer at art. Our team developed sixteen interactive games that teach visitors four foundational art history concepts: Composition, Symbols, Purpose, and Gesture + Emotion. In one case, visitors can use their hands to trace out the underlying structures of a painting’s composition. In another, after viewing an ancient sculpture, visitors unlock the meaning of an artist’s use of mythological symbols. A piece of medieval armor hanging in a case may be beautiful by itself, but the opportunity to virtually “wear” it on your own body makes its protective and decorative purpose more clear and impactful. Finally, throughout the museum’s collections, different cultures represent and embody different emotions with different gestures and expressions. Through our interactive experiences, visitors embody these gestures and emotions to gain an understanding and appreciation of artists’ ability to represent the enormous range of human emotions in media from bronze to ink.

Credits

  • Potion and Cleveland Museum of Art
    Content Curation
    Strategy
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
    Photography
    Exhibit Design
    Exhibit Lighting
    Content Development
    Signage
  • Potion
    Art Direction
    Software Development
    Graphic and Interactive Design
    Concept Design & Development
    Copywriting
  • Fusion Filmworks
    Video and Still Creation
  • Zenith Systems
    AV Integration

Previously in the gallery space known as Gallery One, touchscreens provided engagement, but visitors were not connecting their activity to art elsewhere in the museum. The museum’s evaluation team dug deep to discover why. A key reason being, digital screens are often limited by their scale, especially when representing artworks that are much bigger than the screen itself. Secondly, visitors are mostly prohibited from physically touching artworks in the museum. So, touchscreen experiences feel “stand alone,” and visitors do not necessarily carry over the knowledge from the touchscreen experience to the experience of viewing real art. To address this issue, we chose to create a new relationship between visitors and digital interpretation. By using large-scale digital projection to represent artworks, museum visitors are already placed into a physical relationship similar to their museum visit. Digital projection allows us to not only present very large works of art at scales that approach the original, but also allow us to magnify smaller artworks to larger than life scale, giving access to details that can be easily missed when the artwork is hanging behind glass. In ARTLENS Exhibition, we use scale dynamically to create drama, engage visitors and help influence how they look at art throughout the museum. So they can apply the new tools they have learned. In preliminary evaluations of ARTLENS Exhibition,we see visitors are not only engaged by the digital interpretation, but also are motivated to use what they have learned and seek more experiences with artworks throughout the museum.

Previously in the gallery space known as Gallery One, touchscreens provided engagement, but visitors were not connecting their activity to art elsewhere in the museum. The museum’s evaluation team dug deep to discover why. A key reason being, digital screens are often limited by their scale, especially when representing artworks that are much bigger than the screen itself. Secondly, visitors are mostly prohibited from physically touching artworks in the museum. So, touchscreen experiences feel “stand alone,” and visitors do not necessarily carry over the knowledge from the touchscreen experience to the experience of viewing real art. To address this issue, we chose to create a new relationship between visitors and digital interpretation. By using large-scale digital projection to represent artworks, museum visitors are already placed into a physical relationship similar to their museum visit. Digital projection allows us to not only present very large works of art at scales that approach the original, but also allow us to magnify smaller artworks to larger than life scale, giving access to details that can be easily missed when the artwork is hanging behind glass. In ARTLENS Exhibition, we use scale dynamically to create drama, engage visitors and help influence how they look at art throughout the museum. So they can apply the new tools they have learned. In preliminary evaluations of ARTLENS Exhibition,we see visitors are not only engaged by the digital interpretation, but also are motivated to use what they have learned and seek more experiences with artworks throughout the museum.

Projection necessitated another change: moving from a touch interface to sensing via human gesture and facial recognition. We found that visitors were most engaged when they could see themselves in relationship to the artworks. Consequently, we took a very inclusive approach to engaging visitors, creating many “selfie” moments when visitors could see themselves inside, near, wearing, embodying, and interpreting artworks, paired with the artworks themselves. Visitors’ physical actions in front of digital artworks align with their behavior in real galleries. They stand in front of artworks they are interested in, they point out features, they mimic expressions, they discuss the meanings of symbols, all in a similar context to encountering those artworks in the museum. This tight connection bridges the physical experience of the digital interpretation to their museum experience, so they can apply the new tools they have learned. In preliminary evaluations of ARTLENS Exhibition,we see visitors are not only engaged by the digital interpretation, but also are motivated to use what they have learned and seek more experiences with artworks throughout the museum.

Projection necessitated another change: moving from a touch interface to sensing via human gesture and facial recognition. We found that visitors were most engaged when they could see themselves in relationship to the artworks. Consequently, we took a very inclusive approach to engaging visitors, creating many “selfie” moments when visitors could see themselves inside, near, wearing, embodying, and interpreting artworks, paired with the artworks themselves. Visitors’ physical actions in front of digital artworks align with their behavior in real galleries. They stand in front of artworks they are interested in, they point out features, they mimic expressions, they discuss the meanings of symbols, all in a similar context to encountering those artworks in the museum. This tight connection bridges the physical experience of the digital interpretation to their museum experience, so they can apply the new tools they have learned. In preliminary evaluations of ARTLENS Exhibition,we see visitors are not only engaged by the digital interpretation, but also are motivated to use what they have learned and seek more experiences with artworks throughout the museum.

Awards

  • Award of Excellence: Communication Arts
  • APEX Awards Silver
  • Museums and the Web Awards 2018 GLAMi Nomination, Gaze Tracker Interactive
  • Museums and the Web Awards 2018 GLAMi Nomination, ArtLens Gallery
  • Media Technology Muse Awards Silver

Credits

  • Potion and Cleveland Museum of Art
    Content Curation
    Strategy
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
    Photography
    Exhibit Design
    Exhibit Lighting
    Content Development
    Signage
  • Potion
    Art Direction
    Software Development
    Graphic and Interactive Design
    Concept Design & Development
    Copywriting
  • Fusion Filmworks
    Video and Still Creation
  • Zenith Systems
    AV Integration