Fish aquariums are constructed with text information based display method, which is a traditional institutional exhibition. The exhibition place is dark because it mimics the conditions of the fishes’ environment. Aquariums use an information panel that is based on a light glow system. The information panel could be read in the dark, but the bright information panel also has the effect of drawing attention away from the main focus of the fish. This exhibition design disperses audiences’ attention and interests. AQUAR try to negate the negative effects of the exhibition designs by studying other ways to present interactive, memorable, and participatory exhibitions.
The growing numbers of environmental crises are out of control to protect with only powers of the wisdom crystal. Only one of wisdom crystal survives in AQUAR. The wisdom crystal will reveal the crisis of AQUAR, and teach you how the marine pollution are threatening environment through interactive simulation.
Users first read the instructions on how to control AQUAR that is placed above the track pad. “Place your finger on the track pad, and ask the wisdom crystal about marine pollution”.
Users start to use their finger on the track pad, and click the spinning wisdom crystal on the interface.
The crystal will generate the narrative based story about the background of AQUAR with voice over sound, and additional information about the history of AQUAR. The backdrop layer will present a simple visual animation that is related to the narrative script.
After listening to the background story, users can access more related images and information about marine pollution through the foreground layer. If users want to hear more detailed information about marine pollution, they can choose one of the categories of marine pollution by clicking on one of the garbage bins.
Each garbage bin contains stories about oil spills, marine debris, and untreated sewage disposal. The narrative content will present categories of marine pollution.
After experiencing the narrative story, the audience gets specific information about each category of marine pollution through the foreground layer. When the audience clicks on one of the garbage bins a new narrative based story will be displayed on the backdrop screen. The information will present facts of marine pollution and what the solution is with visually organized information. More detailed information about each category will be discusses in the categories of marine pollution.
After taking in more details about marine pollution, audiences have a chance to share their ideas and attend communities of AQUAR. The last page of the information panel will show you how to communicate with AQUAR through Twitter. When a user approaches the last page of information panel on the foreground, a small fish will swim around the AQUAR holding an envelope. If the user clicks the fish, the envelope will be opened, and show how to leave feedback, cheerful messages, and opinions to promote information about marine pollution through social networking.
The back of AQUAR is to display audiences’ communities to share ideas about marine pollution and leave feedback on AQUAR. The data will be collected through a Twitter widget. Audiences can upload their opinions through their smart phones. The contact information for twitting with AQUAR can be found on the front interface of AQUAR. Audiences can use the track pad to appreciate other audiences’ messages for marine pollution.
Aquariums have evolved from living menageries and natural history collections into major cultural institutions of the 20th century providing information and environmental education in a non-threatening and informative manner. However, in response to the growing number of environmental crises threatening aquatic and marine species, Aquariums in the 21st century face an expanded role to conservation education and propagation of threatened species. My thesis works aims to promote the awareness of marine pollution through narrative based storytelling.
Through user participation on AQUAR, audience will be able to rethink about marine pollution, and have a chance to attend in AQUAR communities, share their opinions and promote the awareness to others through twitter. So, audience’s behaviors after participating on AQUAR are the most important for this project.
The hardware part has two small projectors that create a water textured movement on the floor of the aquarium. This part supports not only the light inside of the aquarium, but also presents the background of AQUAR. The structure is designed so that two audiences can interact with the exhibition at the front and back of the structure.
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The second layer is a backdrop to display the narrative system screen. This layer will display a narrative based video according to user choice on the interface. The last layer is the foreground screen. It will be the main narrative system of AQUAR. Users will control the narrative story on this layer interface.