So out of the possible directions for the museum exhibit, and the current events happening in northern Africa, I have chosen to do a Smithsonian exhibit about the Egyptian revolution. The exhibit identity is currently being refined, but here is a look at it in its current state.
The exhibition needs some work, but while I continue to refine the identity Jamie asked us to start thinking about two things:
specific exhibition attractions
items that could be found in the museum gift shop to compliment the exhibit.
The attractions would include a section about the relationship social media networks like facebook and twitter and the revolution.
The riot equipment would be included in the exhibit. As well as the tools used to scatter the protestors by the policeman, stun guns, batons, rubber bullets, hand guns, etc.
The exhibit is also focusing on the events that lead up to the 1.25.2011 protest and the eventual revolution, so I also wanted to create a wall which consisted on the propaganda, newspaper articles, imagery, that influenced the people. These artifacts on the wall would be all things seen from a citizen point of view.
There would also be a brick wall similar to one which would have been found in Tahrir Square, as well as stencils, spray paint and posters with glue, so patrons could post there own revolutionary propaganda.
The largest portion of the exhibit would include an engulfing simulation of the atmosphere of the protests which would consist of a wrap around screen with multiple projectors to surround the user with moving imagery from the protests. The idea would be to heighten the users sense with very loud sounds and imagery that would interact with the sound. Chants, sirens, crying, screaming, celebrating, would engulf the viewer with the experience of the protest. The mood would soon change as night fell, and the protestors would soon be approached by anti-protestor mods, met with smoke grenades, filling the room with smoke, as well as man powered air cannons, that would simulate debris flying past the spectators.
For the people who are interested here are the 2 the didn’t make the cut: