Tag: 2013

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.

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.