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Flexible Spaces
Expert integrators like
McCann Systems can
turn exhibits into hybrid
digital experiences and
Matt Wilson,
director of
marketing
at McCann
Systems.
flexible gallery spaces.
" A hybrid, universally
designed museum
can offer an equitable
experience [for those]
visiting from home over
the web, " Wilson says.
What's more, if galleries are integrated
with flexibility in mind, it allows for
multiple and interchangeable exhibits.
As Wilson says, " da Vinci one day and
dinosaurs the next day, without replacing
the tech. "
Let's return to the striking visual
elements discussed at the start - for example,
large direct-view LED videowalls.
They're on the rise throughout museums
and galleries. Consider
the unique installation
that Aurora, Ill.-based
Peerless-AV helped
design: a direct-view
LED videowall at the First
Americans Museum of
Oklahoma.
Rob Meiner,
technical
sales
engineer at
Peerless-AV.
" The museum was
looking for a videowall
installation on a curved
wall in the center of the museum, " Rob
Meiner, technical sales engineer at
Peerless-AV, says. " While, in the past,
the installation may have consisted of a
floor-standing or ceiling-hung mount to
combat the wall's curve, a team of experienced
individuals were able to push the
boundaries and bring the installation to
life with a custom-fabricated mounting
system able to accommodate the curvature
of the wall and support the total wall
weight of 4,200lb. "
Pro Tip: " Any installation - no matter
the size - takes a great deal of planning, "
Meiner continues. " However,
installations have become more complex
over the past few years, as museums
[increasingly] look to push boundaries
in terms of creativity. Museums need
to work with experienced systems
integrators to get the proper mounting
solutions, screen calibration and aligncommercialintegrator.com
Expert
integrators like McCann Systems have the talent to turn exhibits into
hybrid digital experiences. Above, we see a glimpse of the incredible 9/11 Tribute
Museum, which reverently deploys integrated technology to powerful effect.
ment, testing out [of] content, as well as
maintenance. "
Meiner also recommends integrators
plan far in advance for all clients. " Videowalls
are incredibly versatile, so it's important
to have multiple solutions up your
sleeve, " he advises. " Don't be afraid to
think outside the box to create a solution
that best fits your client's needs. Videowalls
don't need to be flat and rectangular;
they can be any size, although it depends
on the budget. "
Jason Shuck,
senior
account
manager at
Ford AV.
Custom Apps
for Self-Guiding
Jason Shuck, senior
account manager at
Ford AV, recommends
improving the museum
experience by creating
custom apps that allow
visitors to self-guide
through exhibit spaces.
" As an integrator, we
don't create the software or the museum
content, " he says, " but we work with the
museum and content-design teams early
on in the project to ensure that adequate
bandwidth and wireless coverage is in
place to accommodate this function. "
Due to the custom nature of museum
projects, " [They] tend to be long and
often require multiple changes during
the project, " Shuck observes. " Project
fatigue can set in and delay the project
further. " Thus, it's important to guard
against that and keep things moving
forward for the client. This is especially
important because, as McCann's Wilson
mentions, certain public spaces will likely
be closed or allow only limited access
while exhibitions are being built.
Shuck concludes, " Throughout the
pandemic, we saw lower visitation rates to
museums overall. We hope that, in creating
these unique, new installations, these
pieces will create excitement [for guests]
to return to museums and become talking
points for visitors when [they relate] the
experience to others. "
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