Category: Research, Concepts & Design

Science Gallery Lab Detroit, 2018

Exhibition consultation, planning, design, and installation

Flutter & Wow is excited to have a role in the exhibit design, installation, and production of Science Gallery Lab’s first exhibition in Detroit, Hustle. This exhibition brings the work of artists from around the world to the center of Detroit to showcase the art of the hustle. “All forms of hustle involve art, science, or a combination of both. Hustle is a multimedia exhibition of interactive works and participatory experiences that examine the many definitions of survival and success.”

Works include VR, bio-specimens, hustling ants, language, mixed media, robotics, and other interactive and visual exhibits that in one form or another, represent the Hustle.

This exhibition ran June through August, 2018 at 1001 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.

University of Michigan Research Museums Center, 2018

Exhibition consultation, planning, design, and installation

From local salmon specimens to impala, water buffalo, reindeer, warthog, and many more, the University of Michigan’s Research Museums Center now boasts sixty stunning taxidermy mounts throughout its hallways. Donated to the university by a single collector, these mounts were previously housed in the Ruthven Building, but found their way into storage when the building closed for renovations in 2016. When it was determined that the mounts would find a new home in the recently opened, state-of-the-art Research Museums Center, Flutter & Wow was tasked with designing the spatial layout of the specimens and the exhibit labels. What a cool learning experience for our team, and for those who walk the halls.

Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 2018

Exhibition consultation, planning, design, fabrication and installation

Did you know Wayne State University begin in 1868 (150 years ago) as the Detroit Medical College, formed by five physicians? Since its founding, WSU has been responsible for a number of important landmark innovations and achievements. Wayne State University at 150 highlights the university’s important history and impressive local and global contributions. Flutter & Wow designed, fabricated, and installed the exhibition.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, 2017

Exhibition design, fabrication and installation

Located in the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum was Henry Ford’s headquarters, prior to his advent of the assembly line, and now features showrooms of beautifully conserved classic cars, mostly from that earliest period of the automobile. “The Secret Experimental Room: Birthplace of the Model T” is a historical recreation of the third-storey laboratory where Ford and his hand-selected crack team of engineers and machinists created the car that changed the world.  Flutter & Wow created some of the components for the exhibition, including illuminated reader rails; period-matching furniture, barricade and design details; and other custom designed exhibits to incorporate antique drafting table parts.

University of Michigan Stamps Gallery, Ann Arbor, 2017

Exhibition fabrication and installation

Flutter & Wow fabricated and installed six large film screens and sound panels to help bring to life the image and video work of several artists for The Unfinished Conversation – a temporary exhibition. Pictured is the work of John Akomfrah, whose three screen documentary highlights the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who devoted his life to studying the interweaving threads of culture, power, politics, and identity.

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.