Immersion Room using digital and projection technologies
This exhibition makes you feel like a genius. The Immersion Room on the second floor uses digital and projection technologies to bring the museum’s collection of wallcoverings, the largest and most notable in North America to life. Visitors who come to the Cooper Hewitt Museum receive an interactive pen, an all-access pass to the world of design. Visitors use the pen to copy any object in the museum and save it to their collection or experiment with creating their own designs.
CHM Press release- “This interactive space, formerly Margaret Carnegie’s bedroom, offers a unique experience: the ability to view Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of wallcoverings as never before.
You can select wallpapers from the Museum’s permanent collection and see them projected on the walls from floor to ceiling—for a vibrant, impactful, immersive sensory room experience. You can even play designer by creating your designs, or just stand back and watch as the wallpapers unfold across the immersive room.
More than just entertainment, the Immersion Room provides the first opportunity to discover Cooper Hewitt’s wallcoverings as they were intended to be viewed.
To complement the experience, several wallpapers are accompanied by audio clips. When you select one of these designs, an audio recording plays through speakers in the room, giving you additional information about that particular design or designer.
The experience is yet another way the new Cooper Hewitt is remaining true to the vision of its founders, Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt, who intended it as “a practical working laboratory,” where students and designers could be inspired by actual objects. Their 1897 vision of a museum and collection “for anyone who wanted to use it as a place to work and learn” seems radical, even by today’s standards, but it has guided the transformation of Cooper Hewitt into a design museum for the 21st century.”
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Source: Cooper Hewett Museam, The Immersion Room is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee.