Event // Innovation Salon: The Exquisite Museum with Specular

Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:30PM Doors | 7:00PM to 8:00PM Event
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The STUDIO, in partnership with The Innovation Studio at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is pleased to welcome Specular to Pittsburgh.

Specular is a Brooklyn, New York based creative studio exploring the application of photography and interactivity towards immersive experiences. We are excited to welcome the Specular team James George, Ziv Schneider, and Mei-Ling Wong to lead an interdisciplinary group of Carnegie Museum staff, Carnegie Mellon University students and community partners in a workshop called The Exquisite Museum. This will be the second of Specular’s Exquisite City workshops, following a successful session at the Resonate Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, this past April.

Exquisite City from Specular Projects on Vimeo.

During The Exquisite Museum workshop, participants will explore the Oakland campus spanning Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. During their explorations they will capture photographs of collection objects, architectural facades, and details. Using a technique called photogrammetry, participants will image the architecture and objects by taking many photographs, which when stitched digitally, can create three dimensional models. Participants will then combine their “scans” into a set of building blocks with which they will collaboratively rebuild the museum as an architectural and curatorial exquisite corpse.

The end result — a videogame-based surreal walking tour of a reimagined museum — will be premiered, and Specular will give an artist talk, at The Innovation Studio’s next Innovation Salon on Thursday, October 29th.

Specular is a creative studio exploring the application of photography and interactivity towards expressive and immersive experiences. Our expertise includes concept and execution of large scale high-tech interactive installations to which we bring design, live-action and software development sensibilities.

The Innovation Studio is the research, design and development laboratory at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. We are a collective of cultural technologists transforming museums for the future.