The ME&USEUM was an immersive pop-up museum created at the Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) in 2011 as a one-night experience; participants were ushered 10 people at a time into a large transformed theatre space to explore a temporary museum about the group itself. The museum’s content was determined by the shared anonymous stories of its participants, the 100 members of the ITP Community. The levels and types of engagement varied and was unique to each person.
The ME&USEUM consisted of six color-coded installations that people could participate in, in a large dark room that they could explore with glowsticks they were given when they entered. Each installation included a large prompt and a set of cards underneath it for people to add their responses. The prompts included:
In addition to the six installations we had a large “planetarium” for those who wanted a more passive form of participation. We covered the stage with blankets and pillows so that people could lay back and stare up at a ceiling-wide projection of an animation of participants’ faces flying through space while playing ambient music that transformed the entire theatre.
We also had three easter eggs of experiences hidden through the evening. The first was a photobooth outside of the space where participants could share a message as part of their photo. The second was an impromptu reading of the cards by the hosts, creating an exquisite corpse and performance of a handful of the stories. The third and final surprise was after the experience ended and participants went back to their bags, they each found a handwritten love letter written to them from us amongst their possessions.
Everything in the space was analog and set with special dimmed colored lights, with the exception of one ceiling-wide projection of the "planetarium" which was animated using Photoshop and Flash designed by Sheiva Rezvani and Michelle Boisson.
The ME&USEUM was specially designed for Red Burn's "Applications of New Technologies" in response to a talk given by Curtis Wong about Worldwide Telescope.See all of the cards generated by the ME&USEUM here.