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MUSEUMS
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Winnipeg’s striking new Canadian Museum for
Human Rights explores the universal concept of
human rights with a special emphasis on Canada.
Electrosonic was contracted to do the audio-
visual design for the museum’s eleven galleries,
and subsequently the company directed the AV
equipment installation working with local partner
Advance Pro.
The building was designed by US architect Antoine Predock,
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was Ralph Appelbaum and Associates, the exhibit fabricator was
Kubik, Inc. and Bruce Wyman managed the media producers.
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required considerable technical coordination by Electrosonic. The
architecture presented some interesting acoustic challenges and
Electrosonic worked closely with consultants SH Acoustics to
ensure that sound was delivered to exactly where it was needed,
and sound spill was minimized.
The museum features theaters, interactive touch screen stations
and hundreds of video clips. A variety of equipment was selected
to match both the exhibit design and producers’ needs. Projectors
are primarily from Barco, with additions from Panasonic and
Viewsonic. Flat panel displays are from NEC, Samsung and ELO.
In order to best meet ADA accessibility requirements, Electrosonic
developed a custom user interface, based on rubber membrane
keypads and a programmable keyboard emulator. This allowed
users who could not access the touch screens to navigate the
content in the interactive exhibits. The keypads also included audio
interfaces for the sight and hearing impaired.
Canadian Museum for
Human Rights
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skyline.
• The 360° show in the “Indigenous Perspectives” Gallery uses six Barco CNWU-
61B projectors sourced from a Dataton WATCHOUT system.
• A digital study table consisting of 12 MultiTouch 55-inch touch screens is
based on Tactable software.
• The gallery exploring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has four
interactive stations, each with two portrait-mounted 55-inch Samsung
monitors and Microsoft Kinect gesture recognition technology.
The museum is located at the site of the former Lorraine Motel, where
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The motel’s courtyard was
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portrait-oriented 10-inch outdoor-rated touch screens, waterproof
speakers and network-enabled video players.
The main exhibit area is packed with compelling displays conveying the
struggles of the civil rights movement. “Living Under Jim Crow” features
30 portraits, which deliver testimonials when touched. “Albany Freedom
Songs” is highlighted by a 6,000-lumen ceiling-mounted projector, four
wall-mounted speakers in the ceiling alcove and a 10 by 7.6-foot (3 by 2.3
meter) screen wall painted with Screen Goo. A similar projector displays
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applied to a glass substrate so images can be viewed from the front or
back.
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3,000-lumen ultra short-throw NEC projector mounted below and behind
a rigid rear projection screen with an image size of approximately 62 by 44
inches (1.6 by 1.1 meters).
Martin Luther King, Jr. makes his famous “Mountain Top Speech” on a 55-
inch monitor and four ceiling speakers. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is
heard, her voice gradually increasing in volume as visitors enter the space
between the rooms where King and his guests stayed that fateful night in
Memphis.
The museum tour ends in the new Ellipsis Theater where a 6,000-lumen
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103-inch (4.6 by 2.6 meter) wall-mounted screen. One long speaker
is installed under the screen along with eight ceiling speakers and two
ceiling-mounted subwoofers.
1220 Exhibits was the exhibit fabricator; Cortina Productions and Second
Story were the media designers and producers.
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renovation, the National Civil
Rights Museum in Memphis held
its grand reopening in April 2014,
nearly 50 years after the passage
of the landmark Civil Rights Act.
The renovation features new
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and video exhibits with AV design,
installation and programming by
Electrosonic, who worked closely
with the exhibition designers,
Howard+Revis Design Services.
National Civil Rights
Albany Freedom Songs
The “Join the Movement” exhibit is based on a
multi-touch table made up from four narrow
bezel 55-inch LCDs.
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