Category: Research, Concepts & Design

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.

Traveling exhibition
NRG! Exhibits, 2008

Research, design and fabrication.
In this timely and green exhibit, visitors are engaged in the topic of sustainability through everyday objects, activities, and technology. The visitor understands his or her role in sustainable practices via the context of the familiar and immediate: choices that I make today have a lasting effect. Numerous interactives provide opportunities for visitors of all ages to connect with the content. Excerpts from the grist.org book, Wake Up & Smell The Planet, are featured throughout.
Flutter & Wow Museum Projects provided design support and fabrication services for this traveling exhibition by NRG! Exhibits.

San Antonio Artist Foundation, 2007

Lighting design.

Traveling exhibition,
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2007

Design and fabrication.
Traveling art exhibition of private art collection designed, fabricated and installed by Flutter & Wow Museum Projects.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 2005

Research, design, fabrication and installation.

Jason of Flutter & Wow designed this gallery featuring over a dozen interactive exhibits and twenty-odd visual effects, illuminating the phenomena of light and optics. From a laser spirograph to a laser harp, from prisms and rainbows to colorful noble gas lamps, from diffracting light through packing tape to watching it glitter from a butterfly’s wing, Light & Optics is as comprehensive as it is marvelous.