2021
Thailand

In Collaboration with
Luisa Charles, Aura Murillo, Eve Lerouge, Sarah Dodge

/ Exhibition Design
/ Data Interaction

Modular interactive pop-up exhibition for the National Science Museum of Thailand


The Data Box is a content-agnostic data visualisation system that uses playful, embodied interactions to contextualise where audience members personally fit in to a specific, given topic.



Defining the concept
How can we create a playful pop-up structure and interaction for exhibition visitors across ages to be informed about various topics?

The Data Box comes in the form of a portable, modular, interactive installation. It gathers trends on the subject knowledge, opinions, and behaviours of visitors to an exhibition or pop up space, and enables users to compare said trends across all visitors, whilst simultaneously offering learning opportunities on the given subject.



Designing Form
Data Box is designed to fit into various places, while creating a welcoming semi-open feeling via metal framing; playfulness via colorful acrylic transparent shapes.

It is anti-site specific and adaptable to exist comfortably in any space deemed suitable for formal science communication - exhibition spaces, schools, conferences, shopping centres, etc.

Consists of:
- Exterior Info Section about exhibition
- Main interaction space
- Data visualization space
- Artefact Section






Interaction with Data
People understand more and engage with data for longer when embodied interactions are employed and a personal connection to the data is established. Data Box allows users to add their own data to a wider sample, and then explore the data from across all visitors by moving their bodies - through gesture, proximity, and button selection.

Data Box hopes to offer learning opportunities on a given subject to audience members, whilst improving data literacy and being colourful, engaging, and fun.






Process
We worked with the National Science Museum’s curation and management teams to understand their needs and limitations for an exhibition. Upon their requests and budget considerations, we have defined our brief and designed an exhibition that can become an interactive experience for visitors across ages, especially targeting groups of school children, and can be dismantled or moved when prefered.




Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Dr. Wijitra Suriyakul, the Director of Academic Research Division of the National Science Museum for her support and her collaboration with our team. Special thanks to Thiti Sirithanakorn.