Inducing Awe Through Manipulations of Scale in Exhibitions

Ivar Theorin
Exhibition and Experience Design

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Title
Inducing Awe Through Manipulations of Scale in Exhibitions
Contributor Names
Theorin, Ivar (Author)
Waisman, Kate (Thesis advisor)
Lyons, Christina (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Exhibition and Experience Design (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2023
Department: Exhibition and Experience Design
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 85-08
Advisors: Kate Waisman; Christina Lyons
Committee members: Brenda Cowan; Brooke Carlson.
Abstract
This paper will be an exploration of how we can induce the feeling of awe in exhibitions to create engaging and memorable experiences.Part I will present research into Awe and Biophilic design, and through testing explore how these ideas can be used in the exhibition field. Awe is the feeling that we feel when we are faced with something that goes beyond our ordinary frame of reference. This feeling opens us up to new perspectives and thereby encourages learning. Feelings of awe are often associated with experiences in nature and biophilic design explores how elements from the natural world can be integrated in the built environment. I will look at how findings in these two related fields can be combined to create engaging experiences by supporting and emphasizing narrative exhibition structures where visitors can feel the content as well as take it in intellectually.
Part II details how the findings in the first section are utilized in my exhibition project, "The Wonderful Visit to Oz," which will be an interpretation of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a Hero's Journey and will be aimed at an intergenerational audience. The archetypal story structure of the Hero's Journey, with its themes of facing challenges and succeeding through collaboration, is applicable for any stage of life and matches the intended target audience of grandparents and grandchildren. The exhibition project will present an immersive environment built to facilitate collaboration and connection while guiding the visitors on a both metaphorical and physical adventure.
Keywords: Awe, Biophilic design, Engagement, Scale, Metaphorical
Subject
Design
Communication
Aesthetics
Awe
Metaphor
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000961
pqdiss: 30988484
URN/ISBN: 9798381446388
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Language
English
Publisher
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses,

Citation

Theorin, I. (2023). Inducing Awe Through Manipulations of Scale in Exhibitions [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155960
Theorin, Ivar. Inducing Awe Through Manipulations of Scale in Exhibitions. 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155960
Theorin, Ivar. "Inducing Awe Through Manipulations of Scale in Exhibitions." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155960