Talking Heads is an immersive exhibit that allows guests to speak with historical figures at the National Portrait Gallery.
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Talking Heads is an immersive exhibit that allows guests to speak with historical figures at the National Portrait Gallery via virtual reality technology. This service design case study seeks to explore how the National Portrait Gallery can be a dynamic learning environment as well as how we can encourage a fully immersive experience at the museum.
The National Portrait Museum
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of the United States through the individuals who have shaped American culture. Spanning the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the nation's story. The National Portrait Gallery's mission is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture.
Source: National Portrait Gallery
Using art to teach American history
Provide students with the knowledge and time to learn how an artist’s techniques impact how we interpret historical events to help students become better historical thinkers and create deeper civil discourse. By making observations, asking questions, and sharing connections between art and history, students gain knowledge about history.
Increasing engagement, interaction, & education in art museums.
Through the use of virtual reality, sound domes, and voice user interface technology guests will be able to have a conversation with 6 historical figures from all parts of history. Talking Heads aims to get guests engaged with the portraits that stand before them.
Encourage full engagement with the exhibit.
Create a dynamic learning environment.
Use modern technology to our advantage.