16: Concept Testing & Prototype II


Through sharing and cataloging knowledge and thoughts about artworks, people will learn and appreciate art beyond the contexts provided by the art museum.

Target: people who visit art museums, the ones who have a bit of interest in viewing and knowing about art.

Hypothesis: I believe providing a guide to provoke deeper thoughts about an artwork will result a conversation that is not only about personal interpretation but also understanding and analyzing meanings behind the artwork.

Prototype 2.1

How it works

  1. start with a screen giving out artist name and title of the artwork.
  2. Screen: Artist & title
  3. Button: Tell me more
  4. Card: General information about the painting
  5. Screen: Do you have anything in your mind that you want to talk about now?
  6. Button: I’m ready to talk now OR Nope. I have nothing to talk about
  7. Screen: Do you mind if I help you a little? Here is a piece of information you may find helpful! 
  8. Card: Question & Specific Information to help answer the question
  9. Screen: Do you have anything in your mind that you want to talk about now?

Feedback (User tested with 3 people)

  • One question is not enough
  • Deep dive question came to fast
  • Screen next to a painting is distracting
  • Speaking out loud is awkward


Prototype 2.2

How it works

  1. Give time to look at the painting and the label first
  2. Intro: There is no ONE specific way to look at and understand art. But if you don't know where to start, we can help you to develop your own understanding and appreciation!
  3. Let's begin (Push Button)
  4. Card: Are you familiar with surrealism? Dalì is a surrealist and this painting is considered to be one of the most well-known surrealist painting. Question: What do you think the characteristics of surrealism are? Can you think of any other artwork that shares those characteristics? 
  5. Next (Push Button)
  6. Card: Surrealists believed in a unification of conscious and unconscious realms of experience and thought rational mind represses creativity. They believed that dream and fantasy is part of reality. Question: What do you think about finding meanings behind unconscious decisions?
  7. Next (Push Button)
  8. Card: In the 1920s, surrealism was part of Avant-Garde, a new, unusual or experimental ideas but it now is recognized as one of the art movements in the history. Question: What do you think Avant-Garde is now?
  9. Next (Push Button)
  10. Closing: How would you talk about this painting now? Share me what you are thinking!

Going Digital

(+) people are familiar using it. how to use the microphone, how to swipe. 

(+) no necessary instructions. 

(+) easy customization the content. 

(+) no additional structure to museum space

(-) source of distraction, 

(-) another screen based thing. 

I imagine this object provide a space where art enthusiasts and professionals start having an informative conversation. Then this will be archived and cataloged that beginners will also start using the catalog and willing to use the device and be part of sharing conversation and the community.