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Conference session on Experiences & Innovations in touring exhibitions

Out of the box thinking in international touring at Museum Connections in Paris

Exhibition view Wonderwalls. Art & Toys, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Andreas Endermann
Exhibition view Wonderwalls. Art & Toys, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Andreas Endermann

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Teo will host a special conference session dedicated to the latest Experiences & Innovations in international touring exhibitions at the international museum event Museum Connections on 17 January in Paris. The conference will then also be available online on the Teo platform.

On 17 January Teo will be hosting a special session on the Innovation TV space of the international museum event Museum Connections, on the latest productions and creative innovations in international touring: Experiences & Innovations in international touring exhibitions.

International producers and specialists in art, science, design, history, natural history, world cultures, popular culture and technology will be presenting their innovative insights and latest productions and achievements.

Visitors can discover here a glance into the stories which will be shared by speakers from the American Museum of Natural History, Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, Universcience, Contemporanea Progetti, Archeovision, Sensory Odyssey Studio, Tempora, the SPL Lascaux, Attraktion! and EFM Global Logistics:

The American Museum of Natural History (New York, United States) is a leading provider of engaging scientific content to partners around the world. Each year, the American Museum of Natural History produces a variety of traveling exhibitions, immersive planetarium shows, and other content drawn from the Museum’s vast scientific expertise and collections. More than 250 venues in 44 countries have presented Museum-produced content to educate, entertain, and inspire visitors of all ages, in more than 39 countries on six continents.

Innovation also goes through fulfilling missions and expanding the science literacy outreach. Recently, the American Museum of Natural History has been engaging in diverse exhibitions delivered though digital packages, to deliver high-quality scientific content to visitors who are not typical museum-goers: from shopping malls to urban parks, by way of remote cultural centres, our aim is to offer a museum experience to all.

Photo by R. Moretto EPPDCSI

As a centre of excellence for scientific culture, Universcience aims to develop awareness of science and technology, to encourage vocations and foster innovation, especially with travelling exhibitions on inspiring topics : Special effects, Cold, Fire, Microbiote, About Love… designed for families and schools, and a range dedicated to very young audiences from 2 years old: Playhuts, Opposites, Fragile!.

Universcience will present Crowds, an exhibition which addresses a phenomenon that has never been explored in a scientific exhibition before. The team will introduce how the exhibition calls on a variety of disciplines to shine a light on certain mechanisms of the phenomena, while revealing the basic principles of physical crowd movements, and unveil how they designed an experience where visitors will successively find themselves at the heart of the crowd, feeling it physically, then outside it to better grasp and discover its inner workings.

The Kunstpalast Düsseldorf and the NRW-Forum focus on new impulses, take up current themes and enable surprising changes of perspective. Their international exhibition programme reaches beyond the conventional canon and presents a combination of art and design, photography and fashion and digital art. 

The Kunstpalast team will introduce their latest curated productions, with:

– Wonderwallsan exhibition which shows international artists and designers from the street art scene, with more than 1000 works in spectacular presentations.

– the AR Biennale (2021 + 2023), which presents one of the most exciting current forms of representation of digital sculpture for contemporary artists, Augmented Reality in a world first major exhibition.

– Death and the Devil, an exhibition which explores the special fascination of horror in contemporary fashion, music, film and visual art.

Archeovision is a technology platform of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), a leading interdisciplinary national public research institution. Archeovision specialises in 3D technologies applied to heritage and archeology. Its team supports heritage and archeology professionals for research, scientific mediation, and heritage enhancement with expertise in modelling, digitisation and visualisation.

Loic Espinasse, project manager, will unveil LALIBELA, CARVING FAITH, a major new travelling exhibition dedicated to the churches of Lalibela, a World Heritage Site. Loïc will present how original 3D data, enhanced by holographic technology and supported by the research of a multidisciplinary and international team, bring the site to life and enable a unique experience at the heart of the monolithic churches.

Contemporanea Progetti is a company based in Florence, Italy, specialising for over 20 years in the development and organisation of temporary exhibitions worldwide. On the occasion of Museum Connections 2023 we are glad to present how our touring exhibitions bring innovation to the museum field through some examples of exhibitions we have opened in 2022:

India. Reflections of Sacred Worlds a special model of hybrid and inclusive exhibition now in Nantes, France.
Leonardo Da Vinci Experience, a multisensory and fully multimedia experience now in Taipei, Taiwan.
Ulysses and the Others, in Rome until January 8. A special project of valorisation of a precious collection of the Museo Nazionale Romano of Rome.

Sensory Odyssey Studio is a transdisciplinary collective which creates innovative multi-media experiences designed to generate, through sensorial and wordless journeys, a feeling of belonging and resonance with the living world.

Following the success of the immersive exhibition Through the Living world at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris (226 000 visitors), the Studio is currently leading an ambitious R&D phase. With help from the prestigious innovation award i-Nov, granted by the French public investment bank BPI, SO aims to further its wild stimulation of visitors’ imaginations based on neuroscientific research, all the while streamlining its flexible touring model. Using low- and high-tech creativity, the show will soon reopen in Singapore with an intensified soundscape paired with a bio-mimetic set design, which will contribute to enhancing its family appeal.

Tempora is a 20 years old institution specialised in designing, building and operating temporary, permanent and touring exhibitions. Art has always been part of Tempora’s exhibitions but with the success of the exhibition 21, Rue la Boétie, Tempora succeeded in combining famous art works and lesser known ‘History’ and ‘histories’.

This experience led to new major projects the team will be introducing such as Warhol, The American Dream Factory, Ceci n’est pas un corps, Hyperrealism Sculpture or Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the Little Prince among HumansMost of Tempora’s projects have toured the world (Canada, US, Europe,…) among others Pompéii, the Eternal City which is currently touring in the US and Canada for several years. In France, Tempora operates the Musée Maillol in Paris and has a long term partnership with La Sucrière in Lyon.

The SPL Lascaux produces travelling exhibitions dedicated to the Lascaux World Heritage Site, which have been presented in museums, science centres, galleries and exhibition venues on 4 continents, with more than 2.5 million visitors in 10 years.

Olivier Retout, director of the SPL, will present the new immersive Lascaux experience, which makes it possible for visitors to enter the cave and discover a site which very few have had a chance to visit before! Available from April 2023, the ​​350 to 500 sqm experience made of 8 modules cover all the knowledge developed on Lascaux from its discovery to recent scientific research. An immersive and interactive experience is provided with 20min of Virtual Reality, and exclusively, the unique facsimiles of the Well Scene, a collection of prehistoric objects and four hyper-realistic sculptures of our ancestors.

Attraktion! is an international producer of complete attractions such as brand-lands, media-based attractions for amusement and theme parks, family entertainment centres and science centres, as well as immersive media-based travelling experiences, 4D/5D theatres, dome attractions and games. entertainment robots, interactive group games and immersive exhibitions.

The Attraktion! team will introduce the new immersive experience, Jurassic, and present how they have been rethinking the immersive experience model to transform it into family entertainment and provide a full experience with besides the commonly known immersive main show room, a series of interactive ride, play and media driven modules for all ages.

EFM is a provider of specialist logistics services to major events and projects around the world, including for international travelling exhibitions, Trade Fairs, Live Events, Music Tours and Sports Events and TV & Film.  EFM provide, as a one-stop shop for everything ‘logistics’ on touring exhibitions, comprehensive end-to-end management solutions.

The EFM team will be sharing the new approaches they have developed to move touring exhibitions in the ‘post’ pandemic world. They will give a glance into the contemporary touring exhibition logistics landscape, and introduce key challenges and solutions (crossing borders, delays, merch, planning, storage, customs, budgeting…) they have been managing in their most recent international tours, with productions such as Machu Picchu, Empires of Gold and Waste Age: what can design do?

Attending the session

The session will take place on Tuesday 17 January from 3PM to 4.15PM at the Museum Connections event at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. The replay will then be shared on the Teo platform. Free registration

Touring Exhibitions Pavilion

Visitors will have the possibility to meet the Teo team and international producers and discover a large selection of international exhibitions on a dedicated pavilion at the heart of Museum Connections. Pavilion

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