The Estonian exhibition experience : designing immersion through interaction

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- This practiced-based Masters of Design by Research examines the affects of current and conventional curatorial and design practices on the visitors' knowledge gathering experience. It explores sociologist, Maurice Halbwachs' notion of the 'collective and historical memory' as a framework for the curating and designing of cultural/historical exhibitions, and immersion and embodied experience as an integral part of the meaning making process. These practices have been considered through the creative practice and development of an exhibition on Estonian memories in a tactile, audio and visual sensorium. The exhibition instantiates the process of meaning making as pivotal to the museological experience. It is designed to encourage embodied interaction, and to enable sensory input to create an 'affectual' experience. It considers the importance of engaging visitors for an optimum amount of time to enable factual information to be galvanised into knowledge. The practice as a critical part of the research, explores the application of alternative research methodologies from game design, product design, to interactive art, which all have a common user-centred approach to draw on engagement. The research is designed to explore both theory and design approaches to examine how these ideas can be adopted in the design of the 'Estonian Exhibition Experience', so to create immersion through play, and to draw the past into the living present.
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