The World in a Room; A new gallery for the Horniman Museum

Video and Interactive content

The Horniman Museum’s new World Gallery opened this week in South London. The gallery showcases a spectacular collection of more than 3,000 objects exploring world cultures; everything from an eco-warrior’s helmet from New Zealand (above) to a seal skin suit from the Arctic. The Horniman is a fantastic museum; buzzing with activity, it strives to engage as widely possible, connecting people, ideas and objects. There’s something for pretty much anyone interested in life on our planet.

Our work on the gallery covered all the digital media – video, audio and interactive. It included seven video programmes, created from a mix of sourced and specially shot material, showing everything from life on a Lagos market stall to Nepalese ‘Tsampa’ wrap from New York. The highlight was our digital ocean, a pool of interactive projection where visitors can interact with fish, eels and coral. The ocean is prooving particularly popular with younger visitors and its great to see how quickly they learn to play the game, letting a shoal of fish nibble their toes and waiting for the shy eel to emerge from his hiding place – above all it’s fantastic to see their sense joy and wonder!

We are honoured to have worked on the project, working with a fantastic team including designers Ralph Applebaum Associates, project managers Fraser Randall and AV hardware integrators Electrosonic. Two recent reviews in The Guardian can be seen here and here.