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George-Lewis III Bixby (designer)
Scott Pobiner (thesis advisor)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Ted Byfield (thesis advisor)
Melanie Crean (thesis advisor)




Given the ease with which locative media can be distributed via the web and mobile platforms, there exists the potential for the public to augment museum collections with new interpretations, stories and memories—independent of museum oversight.

These Walls Could Talk (TWCT) is a collaborative locative media project which overlays an existing museum collection with contemporary interpretations. The project is set in the Culture Halls of the American Museum of Natural History, known for their dioramas that depict people from various time periods and regions of the world.

The first component of the project is a collection of original audio-pieces which function as counterpoints to the historical narratives put forth in these exhibits. Working with contributors from various backgrounds, the goal of the project is to give new voices to the characters in these dioramas using approaches including fiction, drama, autobiography and archival audio. Opposed to a didactic audio-tour, contributors use these dioramas as the inspiration and backdrop for interpretive work—offering others the opportunity to experience these historical representations in a new context.

The second component is a web-based platform through which museum visitors can access, discuss and contribute to the audio archive.



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