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Rethinking Museum Space: Interaction Between Spatial Layout Design and Digital Sensory Environments

Tzortzi, K; Fatah gen. Schieck, A; (2017) Rethinking Museum Space: Interaction Between Spatial Layout Design and Digital Sensory Environments. In: Heitor, T and Serra, S and Pinelo Silva, J and Bacharel, M and Cannas da Silva, L, (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th Space Syntax Symposium. Space Syntax Symposium: Lisbon, Portugal. Green open access

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Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been a growing awareness of architectural and spatial design in the functioning of museums and the creation of distinctive visitor experiences. This issue has itself become more complex as digital technologies offer new potentials to mediate between museum content and visitors, and in particular technologies which have the capacity to amplify senses and facilitate interactive, whole body, immersive and sensorial experience. The paper will explore for the first time the role of spatial layout in the sensory environments created through digital media in museums. Among the key questions raised are: how are they integrated into the museum itinerary spatially and conceptually? In what kind of spaces are they installed and how do they relate to them? Are they arranged so as to exploit key spatial properties? We investigate these questions initially through the identification and review of existing experimental projects, and then through the in-depth study of examples of the museum work of two well-established creative studios which combine architecture and interaction: Jason Bruges Studio and United Visual Artists. The analysis is based, on the one hand, on interviews with the designers involved in their creation and, on the other, on syntactic concepts and techniques. By looking in parallel at the work of the two studios, from their first installations until now, and through syntactic analysis, we unravel the way these projects become integrated in the museum, both in literal terms (spatial positioning) and in metaphorical (curatorial practice). The analysis shows that as these works become with time more symbolic, they also become less intrinsically spatial and their experience less dependent on movement. More interestingly, it brings to surface aspects of the design of digital sensory environments which have a relation of correspondence with syntactic properties, such as integration, and types of space. Having shown that space plays a key but variable role, the paper ends by proposing a model for the spatial understanding of these novel technology-mediated experiences and for rethinking museum space.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Rethinking Museum Space: Interaction Between Spatial Layout Design and Digital Sensory Environments
Event: 11th Space Syntax Symposium
Location: Instituto Superior Técnico, Departamento de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Georrecursos, Lisbon, Portugal.
Dates: 03 July 2017 - 07 July 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.11ssslisbon.pt/proceedings/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: digital environments; museum spatial layout; interaction design; configurational analysis; space types
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1574524
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