LOUVRE - DNP MUSEUM LAB
LOUVRE - DNP MUSEUM LAB
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Thematic approaches
Fifth Louvre - DNP Museum Lab presentation Van Hoogstraten,The Slippers:Experimenting with one's gaze
Born of the combined know-how of the Musée du Louvre and Dai Nippon Printing, the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab is a platform for privileged reflection on museographic mediation tools. Each new presentation introduces novel multimedia devices. This fifth presentation plays host to new offerings on the themes outlined below.
An installation that encourages each visitor to set up a personal dialog with the artwork
In this Fifth Presentation, not content with arousing visitors' interest and endowing them with knowledge, Museum Lab is also looking to stimulate their curiosity. It aims at offering experiments that will challenge visitors' notions of their place as spectators, inducing them to build up a personal relationship with the artwork.
This is why most of the displays inthis fifth presentation give the visitor an active role in relation to the questions raised by this enigmatic painting.
For example, this can take the form of offering visitors different terms on a screen in the exhibition hall: it is up to them to select the terms that best fit their impressions. The words chosen by visitors change in size according to their frequency of selection and are projected in real time in the lobby area in the form of tag clouds. The fact of sharing these impressions with other visitors may also lead them to see the work differently.


Immersion in a space where the sense of reality emanating from the artwork is palpable.
In this fifth presentation, a 2.5D technique is at the disposal of visitors to greatly increase the already very powerful sense of depth apparent when viewing the painting. This computer graphics process makes it possible to recreate the impression of perspective through the different layers that make up the scene. The spatial reconstitution even takes into account the continuity of the floor linking each layer of the scene. This instinctive and immersive approach to the artwork, which allows visitors to enter into the painting, was implemented during the third presentation. Its experimentation continues in the current offering.
Modes of information transmission with multimedia devices unobtrusive to visitors.
Thanks to a brand new miniaturized projection device, Museum Lab has developed a system that allows information to be transmitted without the visitor being aware of the presence of the multimedia device. This system was incorporated into a model for experimentation with the optical illusion. Superimposed images are seamlessly displayed in the visual field of a visitor viewing the object exhibited, causing no interruption and without the obtrusive presence of a device or the brightness of a screen.
This very discreet device can therefore be placed unobtrusively in the exhibition space.
Developing a novel information system based on a visual approach to artworks
In order to allow visitors to relocate works linked to The Slippers within art history, while making them aware of the key details to understanding such works, Museum Lab is presenting a prototype that is the fruit of an experiment initiated by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, Associate Director of the Media Lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the Musée du Louvre and three researchers from DNP.
Museum Lab's ambition is to offer a system of consultation that would make it possible to explore the links that exist between different artworks and to educate our gaze.
Enhancing environmental comfort during device operation
For the fifth presentation, Museum Lab has endeavored to make the devices easier to operate and enhance user comfort. A waiting zone has therefore been set up in front of the area in which each device is manipulated. A variety of information in the form of a montage of visuals, texts, and icons is displayed on a single screen. This area makes it easier to apprehend the issues tackled by the device while preparing the visitor for the forthcoming experiment. Furthermore, this also dispels the impression of having to wait. This diversion also means that the visitor who is actually handling the device is spared the presence of onlookers.
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