This organization (and their award) is new to me. Seems like it’s the industry inventing an award to give itself for member publicity, but none-the-less, the projects are an interesting animal -large scale commissioned art pieces, some of which are interactive. As we play more and more in this field (think Speed Light Race, Dayton Dragon Flyer, CSC icons) helpful to see to see what types of projects are being funded. EventScape has several pieces in the list:

I gave the page a quick review. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

Water Lobby (we should steal this idea, watch the video, very simple, very effective)


Deep Web (an ambitious dance of lasers & moving sculpture)

Spannungsfeld (interesting conceptually)


Magic Book – variation

Mike D found this different version of a Magic Book. Interesting that they are using rigid pages which takes away from the interesting nature of the tactile pages I think but probably helps quite a bit with registering content on the page. Calvin thinks they are using the black icons on each page as page number codes.

The Interpretation Shop – AV hardware

Came across this company recently. They rep themselves as an AV hardware company that specializes in elements for interpretative environments.

Saw their headphones in use at the Blues museum in St. Louis and was impressed with the beefy armored cable and heavy duty swivel point connection (see photos). They also sell interesting solutions like weather proof, solar powered interp audio stations for outdoor use (think zoos, natural trails). They are in England, but if the quality is high, might be worth dealing with an overseas supplier to obtain hardware elements that would require considerable R&D if we produced internally. And since their solar and hand crank options should be completely self-contain (i.e. self-powered) shouldn’t be issues with different electrical standards. Not the prettiest stuff, but I could see us finding ways to incorporate the hardware into our own structure / scenic envelops with good results. They also sell full service kiosk design & fab (content & hardware) through their Blackbox website.

Audio Post


Audio Bench


Visitor Powered Outdoor Audio Stations (the hand crank is a novel approach)


Armor Cable Headphones



You Draw it! – NYTimes interactives

NYTimes interactives has been using this technique recently, which I think is a nice, simple way to have visitors engage with data. The format is to present partial data on a graphic and then ask visitors to “draw” in the rest of the data before they see the real results. Uber simple but I think the technique promotes reflection and hypothesis by the visitor, and thus probably a greater likelihood that the results will make an impact i.e. they are proven right or surprised by the newly discovered reasons of why there were wrong. It’s also very touch-screen and dwell-time friendly.

A few examples:

Museum of Failure

I love this as a topic for a gallery or museum. Need to keep thinking of ways to approach classic topics w/ fresh perspective. This is (and could be made more so) a museum about innovation but the failure spin is a great hook.

Reminds me of our plan to theme an Evolution gallery at BMS as all about Extinction.


ENESS – technology & art installations

Building on Mr. Toth’s find, it’s worth checking out some of the other elements in the ENESS portfolio. Investigating other firm’s work is a great way to inspire out own thinking about what’s possible. Here’s a few that caught my eye from the ENESS portfolio:

Humble Telescope

We’d probably execute this a little differently, but this idea has a lot of potential.


Light Seesaw

Love how they’ve blended physical motion with a visual / digital¬†illustration of the motion. Poetic really. We should think of a way to us a similar technique in one of our moving elements.


LUMES Cabrini

This looks like an implementation of their OTS modules that Mr. Toth flagged. Not clear if it’s interactive, but certainly could be.