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The hidden face of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

On the occasion of the reopening of the Pavillon Marsan of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the EPFL+ECAL Lab paves the way to previously inaccessible knowledge. The installation Roger Tallon: archives in motion highlights the work of the iconic French designer so that all visitors may now become acquainted with the collection he has deposited with the museum. 

In partnership with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the EPFL+ECAL Lab has studied this complex world of drawings, sketches, images and texts to create an unprecedented custom-made virtual universe that successfully displays the actual structure of the physical archive.

In this virtual world, visitors immerse themselves in the heart of a library. The entire collection is then set in motion to enable them to understand its diversity, richness and how it echoes with current innovation. Visitors may explore the material more in depth at any time by stopping on a specific project. The system fosters a new view of archive material — no longer a conventional method of consultation, but a discovery tool based on the user’s overall perception.

Building a virtual architecture to display a large physical database has become a design project in itself. This research allowed not only to enhance the heritage of the prolific French designer, but also to generate a system which can subsequently be applied to other collections, be they public or private. Treasures hitherto safely tucked away on shelves for preservation will thus be able to come back into the light in a new form.

Cooperation with the museum will continue in the coming months in order to further develop the installation according to the cognitive and emotional perception of the users.

This experimental installation by the EPFL+ECAL Lab can be viewed from 19 October 2018 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. More information:

Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

Roger Tallon: Archives in Motion
A design research project to revive digitalized heritage

Project Director: Nicolas Henchoz
MAS in Design Research for Digital Innovation: Elise Migraine 
Virtual environment design:
Elise Migraine, in cooperation with Béatrice Durandard
Engineering: Delphine Ribes with contributions from Yves Kalberer
VR mask design and scenography: Béatrice Durandard
Sound design: Cédric Duchêne
Photography & Video: Arthur Touchais / EPFL+ECAL Lab

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