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Stringing Connections development

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Stringing Connections overview


Stringing Connections concept:
Using strings of yarn, visitors will be able to visually represent the connections they find between pieces in the gallery and build up connections made by previous visitors on a large-scale gallery map.

Set up:
Exhibition Components:

  •   Map
  •   Tags
  •   Strings of yarn (one red yarn ball and cut pieces of yarn in three other colors)
  •   Reminder and explanatory signage

The map forms the basis of the experience, providing a visual opportunity for reflection on the connections made.  The yarn, both the individual pieces and the continuous ball of red yarn, allow for the concrete, visual expression of abstract connections.  The tags provide the opportunity to self-reflect and explain the rationale behind the connections and allow subsequent visitors to understand and build upon previous connections.  The signage, placed throughout the gallery, will instruct visitors how to participate and remind them to look for connections while in the gallery

Interaction plan:
Visitors will encounter the map and explanation as they enter the gallery.
As they wander the gallery, they will see reminders that encourage them to look for connections and have opportunities to fill out their explanatory tags. Other reminder signs point to two artworks, highlighting an example of a connection found by a previous visitor. Visitors can fill out multiple tags for the various connections they see in the gallery.
On their way out, they will be encouraged to add the connections they found to the board by physically stringing the yarn around the hooks representing the artworks that they chose to connect. Visitors are also encouraged to participate through collaboration with previous visitors, by adding subsequent connections on the continuous strand of red yarn strung on the map. In both cases, they will label the connection they see with their explanatory tag.
Additionally, visitors can build-on or reinterpret previous connections by hanging a new explanation tag on an existing connected string on the map.

While we facilitated the above interaction plan during the weekend of this design experiment (February 5 & 6, 2011), we also featured an introductory panel that explains how to participate for when no one is present to facilitate the activity. The panel reads as follows:

The Henry’s curators chose these artworks based on relationships that they saw. As you visit the exhibit, think about the connections you see between different artworks, and come back to add yours to the map.


See a connection?

On the map, use yarn to connect two artworks together and explain it on a tag.


See it another way?

Write a new tag for an existing connection, and add it to the string.


Is it possible to connect them all?

Grab the red yarn ball, start where the last connection was made, and tie another connection to the chain.

How and why we developed this:
The Henry's curators chose the objects in Vortexhibtion Polyphonica based on connections they saw among the artworks. We wanted to encourage visitors to make meaning by finding connections between artworks themselves. We hoped that this would help personalize the exhibit experience, and foster collaboration among visitors.
We originally conceived the idea for visitors to  connect the physical objects with string in the gallery, but this was prohibitive in light of accessibility issues.
The first iteration of the stringing connections on the map used only continuous string (4 different colors of yarn balls), forcing visitors to collaborate by design. We eventually chose to have just one continuous string option (red yarn ball) and allow visitors to create individual connections with cut pieces of string in the remaining 3 colors.



Team TEAM Evaluation Plan

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