Category: Research, Concepts & Design

Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 2017

Exhibition consultation, planning, design, fabrication and installation

Installed by Flutter & Wow at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library, 12th Street Detroit 1967: Employment, Housing, Policing, and Race Relations in Evidence explores the history of Detroit’s 1967 Civil Unrest through the deliberate and transparent use of primary sources. The exhibit aims to let archival documents speak for themselves, allowing visitors of the exhibit to draw their own conclusions.

Museum of Capitalism, 2017

Museum planning & consultation, installation

Flutter & Wow assisted with the planning, installation, and launching of The Museum of Capitalism in Oakland, CA. This multi-artist, multi-media, multi-faceted and lively museum is “an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism, through exhibitions, research, publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts of capitalism, and a variety of public programming.”

Learn about the functions of your brain, playing this fun Operation-style game. Don’t touch the sides with the tongs while you try to remove the rubber shapes from the brain map. If you do, you set off the buzzer and flashing red light!

We designed and built this exhibit for the Health Exploration Station, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

The back side includes a model of the brain that kids can turn and observe, information about concussions,  and a re-use of a former exhibit about the speed of your brain synapses.

Motown Museum, 2016

Exhibition design, fabrication, and installation.

Black Forum Records was a Motown imprint in the 1970’s, and a platform for Black expression and education through a series of spoken word albums, featuring such luminaries as Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, and and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This compelling exhibit at the Motown Museum is rich in carefully-curated historical photographs and album art – a powerful reflection on turbulent times that resonates with with our present day.

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.

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.

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.