Multisensorial experiences through the merging of art and socio-digital materials

In classic museum spaces, visitors can only experience paintings visually and at a distance. This distance is meant to conserve the piece, but it takes away from the visceral, sensuous experience of art.
This project attempts to close this gap by enabling visitors to experience a painting affectively. The prototype (with the endearing name: Heather) functions as an affective and emotional reenactment of the original artwork.
Heather features a canvas based, touch sensitive interface, which mimics the textures of the original piece. Interacting with Heather affects a dynamic, ambient soundscape. Different areas of the interface harbour different sound effects or haptic feedback.
Based on user tests, Heather seems to incite an overall more engaged, connected an co-creative experience of visual art.

Mai Hartmann