NZ Museum Piece Blends Modern Tech With Traditional Maori Cloaks
March 22, 2012 by Dave Haynes
Tony Scott of Wallflower Advanced Digital Signage in Auckland, New Zealand (bucket list destination) sent along a note and case study link to an interesting museum project that blends traditional Maori culture with very modern technology.
Artist TeRongo Kirkwood was commissioned by Creative NZ to create a new body of work, representing the Kahu or Maori Cloak, in contemporary form. Ka Awatea: The story of Life through Light, is the resulting work. The Kahu, created with a combination of woven and glass elements, each represent a stage of life from a spiritual perspective.
The challenge was to develop an exhibit to showcase the four cloaks in an innovative fashion utilising technology to deliver an immersive experience. The Cloaks are mounted on a circular core centre. Each cloak is lit from within and without, the lighting following a programmed pattern.
A soundcape subtly sets the mood within the exhibition room, whilst each cloak emanates its own sounds, adding to the whole. Three cloaks project videos of words and phrases onto surrounding walls. The combination of the works, Audio, Video and lighting, creates an incredibly powerful experience.
Scott says museums more normally use multiple DVD machines, and synchronized audio devices. For this, they instead used Wallflower’s made in NZ solution. “In short, Wallflower is the perfect solution for Museum AV and lighting based exhibitions,” says Matt Smith, the AV consultant for the project. “As a user it just works. The great thing was that the system is so easy and intuitive to use, and there’s great support from the company if you have any queries. From the time we turned it on, ’til now, Wallflower has run the system flawlessly without one single glitch.”
The set-up involves Wallflower software loaded onto a standard PC, a Matrox video Card, and M Audio 8 channel Delta audio card, The video goes to each of three Mitsubishi projectors, and there are six channels of audio.