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Mediating the Museum: The impact of on-gallery technology on visitors' engagement with museum objectsMerel van der VaartPhD CandidateAmsterdam School for Heritage & Memory StudiesAllard Pierson Museum Universiteit van Amsterdam

IntroductionResearch topic

Research context

Visitors, objects and technology 3 case studiesFixed screensAugmented realityVirtual reality

Future plans

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

What do you see?

Research topic(How) can technology help visitors engage with museum objects?

Interdisciplinary research:Museological Theory, Learning Theory, Anthropology, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Research contextmeSchMaterial Encounters with Digital Cultural Heritage

European research project.

meSch aims to co-design novel platforms for the creation of tangible digital exhibits at heritage sites

ICT for access to cultural resourcesObjective-driven research project

NewMediaLab Allard Pierson Museum

Case StudiesFixed screens

Augmented reality

Virtual reality

Fixed screens

Which objects are interesting?

What questions are asked?

Domus pilot2014

Fixed screens

Which objects are interesting?

The ones they dont recognise.

What questions are asked?

What is it?

How was it used?Domus pilot2014

Fixed screens

Visitors found it easy to use the touch-screen.

Beware of the honeypot effect

After browsing the on-screen content, visitors had more diverse preferences.Domus pilot2014

Augmented Reality iPads Challenges:

Usability issues may hinder engagement

Making active objects easily recognisable.

Creating good AR content.

Eternal Egypt Experience 2013-2014

Challenges:

Theres no tangible interaction.

Video linkEternal Egypt Experience 2013-2014

Augmented Reality Revealing Flashlight

Virtual RealityChallenges:

Linking virtual & real

Integrating virtual experience into the exhibition.

Finding suitable gesture vocabularyEternal Egypt Experience 2013-2014

(How) can technology help visitors engage with museum objects?

Visitors, Objects & Technology

(How) can technology help visitors engage with museum objects?

I dont know.

Visitors, Objects & Technology

(How) can technology help visitors engage with museum objects?

I dont know.

But I do know that integration is key in three areas:VisuallyIntellectuallyPhysically

Visitors, Objects & Technology

Literature review: Visitors & Objects/Technology & Objects

Review existing research into visitor behaviour in museums

Smaller focussed studies

Use meSch Case Studies as research opportunityFuture plansThe project (2013-2017) receives funding from the European Communitys Seventh Framework Programme ICT for access to cultural resources (ICT Call 9: FP7-ICT-2011-9) under the Grant Agreement 600851.

mesch-project.eumesch@shu.ac.ukm.j.vandervaart@uva.nl - @merelvaart21