Category: Projects

Guardians of the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Children’s Museum, 2015

Gallery master planning, complete exhibition design, fabrication, and installation.

This permanent exhibition for the Great Lakes Children’s Museum in Traverse City is a fun, hands-on exhibition allowing visitors of all ages to playfully explore and learn about all things Great Lakes – from the role of the the US Coast Guard to the nature of waves, from water and air turbulence to lake ecology, and everything in between!

Play with aircraft controls in an elevated USCG helicopter, control the weather on the Great Lakes – thunder, lightening, rain, sun (and perhaps get the 16-ft rainbow to shine!), learn about USCG uniforms, sea-going vessels, and aircraft through fun interactive stations, identify native and non-native aquatic species of the Great Lakes, make waves in a custom 14-ft wave tank, and so much more.

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 2015

Design, fabrication, and installation of interactive exhibition.

Highlighting the incredible work of Einstein, Lemaitre, and University of Michigan Professor of Mathematics Lydia Bieri, the Shape of the Universe exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History incorporates several interactive components that allow visitors to explore gravitational waves in space, theoretical shapes of the universe, expanding galaxies, and other mysteries of the universe.

National Endowment for the Humanities and Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2015

Design and fabrication of nationally touring exhibition.

Based on a permanent exhibition housed at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, this exhibition highlights the struggles, strengths, and courage of three extraordinary children who confronted extreme hardship and left truly inspiring legacies from which we can all learn: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. The exhibition features several freestanding units focused on thematic areas; a collection of objects, artifacts, photographs, and paper ephemera; audio/video features; interactive components; and wall-mounted banners and graphics.

Howell Conference & Nature Center, 2014

Design and fabrication of interactive wildlife-related exhibits.

The Howell Conference & Nature Center’s Spirit of Alexandria Nature Bus brings wildlife education to children throughout Michigan. Flutter & Wow’s Night Vision Interactive allows wildlife enthusiasts to compare their night vision to that of an owl, as they search for two small mice hidden within the exhibit. The interactive Wildlife Quiz Boards are designed to test your knowledge of all things wildlife, from birds of prey to creatures of the night to the diet and scat of Michigan mammals. The interchangeable quiz boards light up green or red to indicate correct or incorrect answers. The Night Vision Interactive and Wildlife Quiz Board exhibits are permanent installations on the nature bus.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 2013

Design and fabrication of working model/replica of pre-cinematic moving image device.

Designed and built for the Watch Me Move exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Art, the zoopraxiscope is displayed at the entryway of the exhibition. Before the movie film projector became the dominate technology, there were many proposals for moving motion image projectors. Our model is based on photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge’s 1879 zoopraxiscope, projecting images through rotating glass disks, providing a sense of motion.

Watch Me Move was organized by Barbican Centre, London.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 2012-2013

Design of two-phase participatory exhibition, gallery layout, graphic design, labels, and fabrication.

Eight paintings that had been tucked away for years in DIA storage were chosen for conservation and further study. Research unearthed fascinating new information, but only a small sliver of it could appear on a label when each painting went on exhibit. In this vanguard exhibition, visitors were invited to decide what stories to tell about the paintings in the exhibition, by voting with colorful mini-pompoms. After the votes were tallied, Hidden Treasures reopened as a regular exhibition with labels featuring the winning stories.

Digital Video Composition Exhibit
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 2013

Design, custom software and media installation.

Digital video brings new capabilities to the traditional technique of chromakey, also known as “green screening,” by which video images can be superimposed and mixed together, or “composited.” You might not know it, but you see the results of this technique frequently in science fiction movies, television commercials, and weather forecasts. In Pixel Play, you can be the subject of video compositing, and watch yourself fall into a plate of spaghetti, grow into a giant above a highway overpass, tumble in a laundry dryer, or swim in the deep ocean.

The Daring Adventures of Alaska’s Pioneer Pilots
Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, 2012

Research, design, custom interactive multimedia, graphic design, label design, fabrication and installation.

Air travel has long been an essential mode of transportation for Alaskan towns and Alaskan bush aviation in the early 20th century is legendary. Valdez, being as far north as you can get and still have a shipping port that doesn’t freeze, was home to many famous pioneer bush pilots such as Bob Reeve, Owen Meals, and Bill Egan. The exhibition, The Daring Adventures of Alaska’s Pioneer Pilots, at the Valdez Museum highlights the many stories, places and people related to local aviation. Displaying photographs, relics and motion pictures, the exhibition brings the exploits of Alaska’s early bush pilots to life.

Luminous Impressions: The Operatic and Fantasy Prints of Henri Fantin-Latour
San Antonio Museum of Art and other venues, 2013

Audio tour design, mobile app, and tablet app.

Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) is best known for exquisite still lifes of flowers and fruit, and group portraits of the Paris art scene. Lesser known is that he also devoted much of his creative life to making impressionistic lithographs inspired by his passion for opera, music, literature and poetry. Luminous Impressions features a selection of over forty Fantin-Latour lithographs from a collection of more than 150 images bequeathed to the San Antonio Museum of Art by the late Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. in 2005. They include, as the catalog puts it, “fantasies of sensuous beauties and nymphs, dreamy allegorical and mythological scenes, and homages to Wagner, Berlioz, Shumann and Brahms.”

An audio tour is accessible via cell phone or iPad app. It enables you to visit the exhibition and listen to excerpts of the music that inspired what Fantin-Latour himself considered to be his greatest artistic achievements.

San Antonio Museum of Art, 2011

Design, custom interactive software, custom media display, and installation. 

This cutting-edge contemporary exhibition explores the idea of art as an interpretation of, and a catalyst for, peace. Over 80 artists, including Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, El Anatsui, Jenny Holzer, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pat Steir, and Bill Viola, presented artworks that expressed their perspectives on the Dalai Lama and his endeavors.

During the exhibition’s run at the San Antonio Museum of Art, visitors were invited to share their own images and text messages of peace. Each contribution was then added to an ongoing mix that was displayed on two large flat panel monitors in the lobby. Flutter & Wow Museum Projects designed and programmed the unique set of technologies that enabled visitor contributions to be gathered, formatted, sent and displayed in the videos.