An intervention in art museums to foster empathy

by Chun Wang is a museum intervention, a social experiment that takes the form of an interactive system installed in front of an artwork in exhibition in an art museum. This intervention is proposed to facilitate communication between the artist and viewers and among viewers themselves.

At the start of the interaction, the viewer sees on a digital display a printout sliding out of a virtual printer, prompting the viewer to type in his commentary about the artwork he is viewing. When the viewer submits his response, the printout slides back into the virtual printer. After pausing for a few seconds, a thermal receipt printer nearby produces on paper a piece of commentary about the same artwork from a previous viewer or the artwork’s creator. The user is invited to take away the physical printout from the printer.

On View: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,  San Francisco, CA. May 6, 2018.

On View: Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. May 11, 2018.

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