April 25 2013 // Work

Museum Interactives

At the Museum of Danish America

The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa, held its fourth annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 20th. The open house launched the museum's new exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living, which features Danish design from the 50s and 60s. Some characteristics of Danish Modern include a beautiful fusion of form and function, and flawless craftsmanship that ensures the high quality of this functional art.

The museum requested Applied Art to create AV interactives for the Danish Modern exhibit, for which Applied Art provided all of the hardware.

The Danish Design Today interactive, located on the second floor of the museum, is a 32" touchscreen featuring six Danish designers. Touching the screen replaces the looping attract video with a menu. Tapping a video title launches the playback of the featured video. At any time during playback, the visitor may return to the main menu.

On the main floor of the museum is the Danish Design Slideshow which is comprised of a 46" monitor connected to a media player that displays images highlighting Danish Modern design. Besides providing hardware, Applied Art specified the media for the museum to produce, and also tested the media on the hardware.

The third interactive that Applied Art produced is not included in the Danish Modern exhibit. Rather, it is a small touchscreen kiosk located next to Victor Borge's grand piano on the museum's main floor.

Victor Borge was a musician and comedian who immigrated to the United States from Denmark during World War II. The interactive kiosk allows visitors to tap on the titles of various video clips to view his performances on screen. One can't help but smile or laugh as they watch his performances that combine music and comedy. Although he is no longer with us, Victor Borge is still making people smile to this day.

"A smile is the shortest distance between people." Victor Borge

Written By

Jeanie Jorgensen

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