Find inspiration, ideas… for Design with Data project

We have to  find an idea of an object / installation / app… which connect the concept of museum / object / data.

Our approach is to transform-create exhibits that bring:

– create a poetics piece of work, that is to say having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression ; allowing the visitor to have emotions during the experience

– embody data/ (personal) stories / narratives & time (past/future) on physical artefacts

After looking at a lot of examples and define the vocabulary we came up with few ideas.

First about the vocabulary

data shadows

small traces of information that an individual leaves behind through everyday activities.
data created when an individual sends an email, updates a social media profile, swipes a credit card, uses an ATM and so on.


situation where data and concrete objects work together to create new spatial entities, herein called ‘cybrids’. “A cybrid is a hybrid of physical and electronic spaces.” (Peter Anders 2001)


object of the Internet of Things, that can be tracked through space and time throughout its lifetime” Sterling, Bruce (2005). Shaping Things. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

6 characteristics: rfid, gps, search engine detectable, cad, rapid prototyping-3d printing, cradle-to-cradle – recycling


the participation of “objects” and “things” in the sphere of networked social discourse variously called the blogosphere, or social web.
The most peculiar characteristic of Blogjects is that they participate in the exchange of ideas.
They don’t just publish, they circulate conversations … by starting, maintaining and being critical attractors in conversations around topics that have relevance and meaning to others who have a stake in that discussion.
Bleecker, Julian. “A manifesto for networked objects—cohabiting with pigeons, arphids and aibos in the internet of things.” (2006).


“this vision have been called a variety of names – ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, physical computing, tangible media, and so on…”
“In everyware, all the information we now look to our phones or Web browsers to provide becomes accessible from just about anywhere, at any time, and is delivered in a manner appropriate to our location and context.”
“Rather than being filtered through the clumsy arcana of applications and files and sites, interactions with everyware feel natural, spontaneous, human.” Adam Greenfield. (2006) Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing


For more informations about each of the inspiration have a look on our report.

Our proposals

First we had quite a lot of ideas:

make old object work again with new components and made them emit news from today
– create an installation of old lamps through history, and light them with LED you can program and play with the intensity they deliver with the energy used in the past and today (reflection of energy use… as the woman say energy, and particularly nuclear energy is a big controversial topic nowadays)
– ghost museum: hack old school objects like turntable, phone, printer, tv, phone, typewriter, hack them to deliver a message
– ballet shoes
– distribute/send a replica of an object present in the museum to a lot of people 50/100 and visualise in the museum when and where this object is use (for exemple have a map which the ruth location of each object and a different color when it is in use and when it is not
– make old object work again with new components and made them emit news from today
– Ghost museum _ hack old school objects like turntable, phone, printer, tv, phone, typewriter, hack them to deliver a messages
…. For more ideas we had have a look on our report.

Then we proposed

1 – create an installation of old bulbs/lamps through history The idea would be to control the power delivered to show:

. either the difference of energy used in the past and today in corelation of the amount of light flux (lumens) emitted by the lamp

. either the energy used through history in Scotland

in relation with the topics in the Changing Nations Gallery: energy/ nuclear & living/home
reflection of the evolution of products, energy consuption, sustainable energy

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2 – this second concept born from the idea that the objects we use today will be exhibited in museums in the future and we want to show relevant data related to those old objects as well as the new ones to the visitors.

We will address this by comparing the processing power of different devices like the Ferranti Atlas computer (stored in the cellars of the museum) with a more current computer, smart-phone or even foresee the future following Moore’s law.

We have different outputs possibilities:
– a disk rotating at the same processing speed of the devices
– a lighting leds wall to show the energy consumed by each device
– a machine that plays music to the rhythm of the power of each computer

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