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Creative Research Lab

08 DEPTH OF FIELD - Senior Design Exhibition - May 2008

Caspar Lam

Caspar Lam
Natural History Museum Field Guide

In traditional natural history museums, visitors have a common perception that objects have a single canonical reading, and museums often feel compelled to provide such a text that caters to varying levels of interest, age, and education of their visitors. The result of such perceptions is explanatory wall text that presents either too much or too little information. In order to break such perceptions, facilitate multi-faceted readings of a museum, and create a system that contextualizes the vast array of objects, an initial set of 3 experimental fieldguides were devised which present a different route through the museum that could be read visually or textually by both the simply curious and the lay scientist.