(Un)Common Sense – the exhibition (on plants’ and animals’ senses) that makes sense
It was already intellectually delightful for the Tactile Studio team to work alongside the scientific experts and the facilitators at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe to create the most instructive and entertaining encounter with plant and animal senses. It’s really something to discover the (extra-)sensory capabilities of living things.
A point of view on how to conceptualise the exhibition converged around this intellectual stimulus:
sessions on co-designing and a practice of co-development between museum professionals (scientists, presenters, public relations, exhibition professionals…)
a choice of exhibition furniture that can easily be re-used in future projects
making available source materials used in the exhibition
care to document everything to enable maintenance and the re-use of technologies and equipment
for all the interactive devices developed, a protocol to enable re-use.
The resulting exhibition seems to be on track in terms of content. Furthermore, the way in which we worked on it has been a source of satisfaction, as has the discovery of new ways of working that are more collaborative, for the teams of professionals involved. The value of the exhibition exceeds what is merely visible, audible and tangible in the 700m2 of the museum. It’s become a human adventure full of meaning for the people involved.