• NID students propose interactive media for Ahmedabad museums
     August 6th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    Museums in Ahmedabad may soon become more interactive, courtesy a concept from the National Institute of Design(NID). Two students from the design institute have submitted a proposal to integrate information technology (IT) and interactive media in to the museums in Ahmedabad.

    The students have chosen four museums for the project. Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum on the Gujarat university campus, which has an important collection of illustrated manuscripts and miniatures is one of the museums. The others are NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures, Kalpilna Mangaldas Balayatan that houses a collection of toys and is part of Shreyas Museum. The students have also submitted the concept to the unique community museum opened in Gujarat by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Radhanpur. The SEWA museum was opened in April.

    “There are very few people from the current generation who will read text in a museum that explains the significance of the art or product. Our survey revealed that this is the reason why most museums in Ahmedabad are seeing few visitors and empty spaces,” said Mansi Thakkar, who is working on the project along with Mudita Pasari.

    Imagining a futuristic museum, the duo has suggested ways to integrate IT into these museums and use them effectively for interactive services.

    “It was interesting to create the concept of interactive media for the museums because there are a lot of stories that can be told to the visitors in a manner that will hold their attention. Use of IT and interactive media will also ensure that the stories stay in the minds of visitors longer than texts do,” said Pasari.