Interaction Tyneside: Living and Dead Museums, and Stories with Technology

It was a European affair at the inaugural Interaction Tyneside. Giovanni Innella questioned museums' future through his (mostly Italy but as far flung as Burkina Faso) work , while new-in-Newcastle Marie Curie fellow Marianna Obrist used her Austrian family to explain her research on stories & tech.


  1. First speaker Giovanni Innella talked through his various forays into museums and various manifestations of them. 
  2. His first university Domus Academy ("on the point of closing when I went there, I recommend going to a school when it's closing"), received a grant from the family of alumni Achille Castiglioni to create a series of installations about his life. 
    The three, made in 2005 ("so they looked a lot more amazing then than they do now"), included one of his unsung-hero switches turning on a famous talk he did in Aspen (below), and two tabletop tangible interaction pieces. All shared a common theme of physicality and manipulating the virtual.
  3. Castiglioni presenta Noce
  4. As part of his work in Burkino Faso, one enterprising local suggested putting phone numbers on important places, so that a tourist could call a local to hear its history. Giovanni likes to think of this as "low-tech augmented reality".
  5. Giovanni had warned us at the start that "as this is an informal talk, rather than telling you all the things I know, I'm going to tell you all the things I don't." So he finished off with a series of questions:
    How important is the box when it comes to galleries?
  6. Do we need to have the truth in museums?
  7. How do we decide what is and isn't relevant in museums? 
    And should musuems be about information or experience?