1.5.3 Our Displays (Migrated NLS Project Blog Post)
The Library’s prompt posed a series of questions, including, “what are the alternative possibilities for display and engagement when working with digital cultural heritage?” We have attempted to think of ways to diversify our displays, and to use as much technology as possible.
Google Arts and Culture: an interactive slideshow we are creating with the Library’s Google Arts & Culture Intern Lauren McCombe about advice given through broadside ballads to British women between 1750 and 1850, which will live on past the exhibition on Google’s platform.
Tweet Stream: a monitor showing all Twitter activity related to the exhibition.
iPad in a Case next to a Touchable Book: the swapping of the traditional roles of these objects in display situations is meant to make visitors consider their thoughts on displaying technology as if it were an artefact. This is an idea the Library has had since the initial briefing.
As this is a chance for the Library to use us as metaphorical guinea pigs, as well as for us to experiment with a large amount of creative freedom. It was important to us to do justice to both those situations, and to come up with truly innovative ideas within the constraints of the equipment pool we were working with, as well as the rules of installation in the space.
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Photo Credit: Kirsten Lloyd