Sarah Barns
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Thinking Spaces: A new physical interactive

I'm so pleased with this new hands-on exhibit developed with Esem Projects for the Arts Centre of Christchurch. 

This collaborative physical interactive invites visitors to reflect on their own journeys of learning and discovery, asking: 'How do the spaces around you change the way you think?'.  

The interactive is positioned inside the entrance to Rutherford's Den, a place where acclaimed scientist took refuge to do his electrical researches as a Masters student in 1895. He would then go on to join the Cavendish Laboratory and change the course of physics forever. 

Thinking Spaces is featured at the entrance to Rutherford's Den, Arts Centre of Christchurch. 

Thinking Spaces is featured at the entrance to Rutherford's Den, Arts Centre of Christchurch. 

Visitors can reflect on how different spaces make them feel, choosing from the options: Creative, Focused, Distracted, Bored. Each emotion has a corresponding colour magnet to attached to each space. 

The spaces to chose from include 'A busy cafe', 'The library', 'My office', 'My bedroom', 'The classroom' and so on. 

As visitors responses combine throughout the course of a day, new visual patterns emerge, based on the combinations of magnets and their colour profiles. 

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The interactive also builds on a previous Thinking Spaces project Esem Projects developed with the Australian National University in 2014. You can read more about this earlier project here. 

I'm looking forward to extending ideas and collaborative practices around Thinking Spaces into new territories and with new partners! 

 

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