Designing Reality for a unique interactive Mixed-Reality Exhibition

Lightning Talk

Thursday, April 02, 2020: 11:00am - 12:30pm -

Anika Kronberger, Independent designer / researcher at the Institute of Design and Communication at the FH JOANNEUM Graz, Austria

I will talk about challenges and learnings on working on a large-scale mixed reality project at the newly opened CoSA / Center of Science Activities in Graz, Austria. Over 2600 square feet of the science center are dedicated to a storytelling based use of augmented reality for a young audience from twelve years up – the A(R)dventure. The game-based experience can be played simultaneously by eighteen visitors equipped with Microsoft Hololenses.
Our part was to develop the interactive exhibits, design the space around them and co-create the story for the A(R)dventure. That brought us to researching the restrictions and possibilities and their influence on the design process. The choice of light, material and interaction had a big impact on the immersion of the visitor and the blending of the digital assets in the museum space. The key challenges were the development and planning of a complex mixed reality experience and finding the tools for co-creation, the restrictions and possibilities of the space and the augmented reality glasses and a long distance work-relationship with the software developers for the Hololense. We gained a lot of learnings in designing the design process itself and on collaborative workflows as well as designing user experience in contrast to experiencing the user experience in prototypes and test runs.

Curation: Gerlinde Podjaversek, The Children’s Museum FRida & freD, Graz, Austria
Space design and development of the interactive exhibits: Anika Kronberger, Daniel Fabry (FH JOANNEUM), Dominikus Guggenberger, Michael Altendorfer, Jakob Pock
Software-development and 3D-modeling for the Microsoft Hololense: Exozet Berlin (GmbH)

The CoSA / Center of Science Activities is part of Universalmuseum Joanneum and the CoSA A(R)dventure was sponsored by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.