Interactive Orphan Museum, Milan / Italy
INTERACTIVE ORPHAN MUSEUM
The school room
We build an entire classroom to showcase how orphans learned at that time. Visitors were asked to choose different subjects by touching them on the virtual chalkboard. A virtual teacher then started teaching.Geography, Mathematics, Physics or Calligraphy lessons talked about content that was teached at that time. Meanwhile the chalkboard showed several animations that supported the teachers speech.

Like in a real classroom he sometimes asked questions that the visitors (pupils) had to answer by touching an A or B button situated on each desk.
The documents
As you can immagine we had to deal with a lot of old documents - mostly texts, some of them hard do decode due to the old calligraphy.

To tell at least some of the uncountable stories we enabled the visitor to flip through several pages by clicking chosen names of former orphans on a big touch screen. Girls on the left, boys on the right side. These documents were accompanied with old black and white pictures. Small info buttons translated unreadable texts or revealed more detailed information.
The ironing room
Mostly female orphans had to work in the laundry in former times. To showcase their profession we installed a huge table with several flat irons attached to it. On the table we projected several pieces of clothing.

The visitors were asked to iron these clothes. By doing so they revealed pictures, videos, texts or other documents underneath each piece of clothing. A slideshow on the wall showed old photographs talking about this profession.
The stairs
On the stairs that connected the three floors of the museum we played with the perception of each visitor. A huge group portrait of male orphans was projected on the wall. On top of that we created some sort of shadow animation of the handrail with different children silhouettes running up and down the staircase. Giggling sounds supported the feeling of being surrounded by noisy children.

I was asked to participate in the conception and development of a new permanent museum for former milan orphans from the 19th century.

Together with the italian Video Art Studio Ennezerotre we started working in October 2008. The new orphan museum is situated in the old orphan house close to the famous church Maria delle Grazie, home of Leonardo daVincis Last Supper painting. It has three floors and round about 10 different rooms that had to be filled with content. The museum is fully interactive and invites the user to participate in order to learn more about the daily life of orphans at that time.

The Martinitt e Stelline museum is open to the public nearly every day.
So if you have the chance to visit Milan, don't miss it.

Visit the museum online (in italian only): http://www.museomartinittestelline.it/
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