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The science engagement prototyping manifesto - Part 1

In this two-part, in-depth session, we would like to know where participants stand when it comes to prototyping - what it encompasses in theoretical terms and also in practice. Through a deeper understanding of this concept and how we approach it as museum professionals, we will set the basis for a discussion on the core values inherent to prototyping. Speakers will give a short example of different approaches and methodologies on prototyping in the exhibit development process. In groups, participants will discuss how each prototyping value defines, influences and impacts the exhibit development and its outcome. Participants' insights will be collected at the end of the session and will result in a collective manifesto for prototyping in exhibit development, published on an open online platform for everyone in the industry to access.


Ines Montalvao
Program Director
Artists with Evidence
Science Center Manager

Session speakers

Associate Director Exhibit Content Development
San Francisco
United States
If nearly everyone agrees prototyping is a good idea why do so few exhibit development projects plan for it? Is it an issue of time, money, or fear of seeing visitors disengaged with what the project team thought was a great concept? Responses to an informal poll of (anonymous) practitioners from other museums will be shared to explore the contradiction between a widely shared design philosophy and common practice.
Experience Designer, Creative Technologist and Researcher | Marie Curie Fellow ChromDesign ITN
Carla Molins Pitarch
Carla's current Ph.D research focuses on how to bring scientific complexity from scientific institutions to society through interactive experiences, so prototyping has a massive role in its development. She will share different examples of paper prototyping and some highlights of how experimental prototypes can support reaching new heights.
Interactive Exhibit Developer - Science Show Performer
As developers we try to do the best for our beneficiary, the visitor. We should also try to involve visitors as much as possible in the development process of the interactive exhibit! Marco will share his experience showing some examples of Prototypes tested with visitors and the outcomes implemented in the development process.
Director and Driver
Michael will share his experience from doing constant prototyping through longterm rental and spending a lot of time with exhibits.