Raurau Mai (Living City) immersive gallery, Auckland Museum
Raurau Mai draws upon diverse environmental data sets from across Tāmaki (Auckland) to tell stories of a changing people and place, and to consider futures of Tāmaki. The installation creates data portraits of ‘the many Aucklands’, illustrating the varied ecosystems of the Tāmaki Region. Using data as a mirror held up to the city; Raurau Mai reflects the interconnectedness and rich complexity of Auckland as a confluence of people and place.
Workshopping museum data futures
How might a museum’s relationship to data change over time?
To commence the design phase of Raurau Mai (Living City), All Tomorrow’s Futures joined OOM to lead an onsite workshop at AWMM focused on data futures. The workshop explored the concept of data and its pasts, presents and futures. Exploring ‘the Future’ as plural, and futures as spaces of potential, the workshop posed the questions: “what are the multiple, contested futures of data that exist in the present?”, and “what might data become in the future?”
The purpose of the workshop was to explore the historical context of data visualisation and reflect upon the museum’s changing relationship to data. We interrogated initial ideas around temporality and possibility, and unearthed emerging issues around the capture, analysis and use of data. Questions around data sovereignty were explored, particularly ownership of data relating to Indigenous lands and waterways.
One exercise involved creating speculative ‘data artefacts’ from a future AWMM, to consider ways the museum might use data in the future. We encouraged workshop participants to reflect upon how they felt about the data futures these artefacts represented. We asked whether these uses of data aligned with the museum’s current mission, or whether they raised ethical questions.
From this workshop All Tomorrow’s Futures worked with OOM and the AWMM team to redefine the project brief. We situated this project in an understanding of how AWMM’s relationship to data has evolved over time, articulated desired visitor outcomes around data-driven experiences, and devised metaphors, framing devices and design principles for working with data in creating this unique installation.
Raurau Mai (Living City) opens to the public in March 2021 and will be on permanent display.
Collaborators: OOM Creative; Marco Cher-Gibard
Client: Auckland War Memorial Museum
Photo by Agniezka Chabros
WORKPLACE framed the ‘job interview’ as ritual, melding the visual language and performative aspects of an office interview with that of a tarot reading. Channelling both an employer and fortune teller, we created interactions with audiences that challenged the power dynamics between employer and potential employee; fortune teller and fortune seeker. Instead of receiving a forecast of work futures, audiences were invited to share their future hopes and anxieties and explore their desired futures of work. Each participant walked away with a Future Work Contract – an automatically generated document based on the participant’s desired future of work. Each personalised contract formed a personal ‘demand on the future’ and an illustration of the future work arrangements imagined by each participant.
Members of the public were invited to take part in a 20-30 minute interview, purportedly to determine their ‘future work readiness’. These semi-structured interviews were based around seven work tarot cards: The Hourglass explored hours of work and length of work week; The Eye addressed surveillance in the workplace; The Circle explored workplace inclusion and exclusion; The Cog asked questions about the future of automation; The Scales discussed how labour is valued and remunerated; The Precariat explored precarity in the workforce. The Heart card explored futures of care – visitors are asked who or what they think should care for the young or elderly in the future.
Each interview was closed with the ritual of signing the contract, stamping it as ‘FUTURE READY’ and shaking each participant’s hand to seal the deal.
perspective.” – participant, WORKPLACE
Commissioned by City of Melbourne
Graphic Design: Corey James
Interior architecture and design: Colby Vexler & James Taylor
Costume design: Annie Wu / Articles of Clothing
Client: Monash University
Design Direction: Warren Taylor, MADA, Monash University
Design and Graphics: Zach Beltsos-Russo
‘Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences’ was a study led by researchers at Monash University, University of Wollongong, and The University of Melbourne.
Creating Well-Beings – an overnight design hack at the museum
For the museum she designed a highly inclusive and participatory framework for exhibition concept development. Part of this involved partnering with the City of Melbourne to deliver Creating Well-Beings, a 12 hour, all-night design hack where members of the public were invited to join museum staff, designers, and specialist knowledge experts to prototype new approaches to exhibition design for wellbeing.
This experiment in co-design with publics was hugely successful, attracting over 100 participants from health, design and technology disciplines. Several conceptual approaches to exhibition design were generated, yielding valuable inputs to the design and curatorial team and validating the interest in this subject matter with an adult audience.
Client: Melbourne Museum
Event partner: Melbourne Knowledge Week
Melbourne Museum project team:
Johanna Simkin, Senior Biomedical Curator
Kate Chmiel, Experience Developer
Jo Pritchard, Communication Designer
Naomi Fogel, Exhibition Designer
Zoe Horzella, Project Manager
Bronwyn Loxton, Project Officer