Alfred Nobel–Information Kiosk

Part of Exhibition: Alfred Nobel–Networks of Innovation

Topic: Technology

Case Study

of an Exhibit

by Fredrik Skog

Published on March 10, 2010, Modified on March 12, 2010

  • Description and goals

    The Exhibition ”Alfred Nobel–Networks of Innovation” is produced by The Nobel Museum in Stockholm. It is a traveling exhibition and it opened in Dubai in april 2008. It has since then visited Palais de la découverte in Paris, France and the A. S. Popov Museum of Communications in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In February of 2010 it ”came home” and opened in the space for temporary exhibitions at The Nobel Museum in Stockholm.

    The exhibition depicts the life of the founder of The Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel. The exhibition consists of five main parts that tell the story of Nobel’s early life in Stockholm and Saint Petersburg, of his several hundred inventions, of his growing multi-national industrial empire, and, lastly, his death in San Remo, Italy, in 1896. One of the fundamental concepts of the design and content of the exhibition was to work closely with artists. In each main part, curators from the Nobel Museum have cooperated with different artists to produce texts, films, multimedia and also in designing the display cases. The result is part science history exhibition, part art installation.

    The idea to supplement the exhibition with an exhibit that collected all the facts and information about Alfred Nobel in one place came early, but it wasn’t until it visited Stockholm that we had the opportunity to implement it. The multimedia part was programmed in Flash by staff from our ”sister”-organization, Nobel Web, who runs the website Nobelprize.org. Apart from the application itself they also made an editor in which non-programmers easily could add content in the form of images, text and even new nodes. The hardware consists of touch-screens from Samsung with built-in computers, which fit in a relatively slim construction. The graphic design highlights one of the many unique qualities of Alfred Nobel’s business; his wide network. He was one of the first truly multi-national businessmen with factories all over the world. A lot of effort was put in to making the navigation as intuitive as possible. There is still some work left to do, but hopefully we can complete it in the near future.

    The video can also be watched on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmnKb5x44Tw

  • Exhibit Opened: February 2010

  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden

  • Estimated Cost: Over $50,000 (US)

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