Our AR Magic Book makes its first public display at the Binghamton University Art Museum! As part of the museum exhibition, “Living Objects: Makers, Markets, Museum“, the AR Magic Book is used to showcase three journals from Dr. Michael Horowitz, whose collection of African art is on loan for this exhibition.
For the exhibit installation, we made the book specifically to the size of the original journals, with the glyph codes directly printed on the paper. The book was placed on a lectern attached to the wall. The projector was mounted high above on the wall, with the little camera right by the book to read the codes. We used a laptop to run the program and that was nicely hidden away at the counter desk. Considering the equipment needed, the whole setup was quite unobtrusive for the viewer.
Special thanks to Dr. Pamela Smart, professor of Anthropology and Art History, and Diane Butler, University Art Museum director, for the opportunity to have the AR Magic Book served its purpose. Dr. Smart led her “Museums and the Art of Exhibitions” class in curating this African art exhibit. We were thrilled that she immediately saw the potential of where the AR Magic Book can be used for museums and exhibitions, particularly for displaying rare books and special collections materials that are not typically accessible to the general public.
The exhibit is located in the lower level galleries of the Binghamton University Museum. It is on display from December 11, 2014 to March 14, 2015.