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Fourth presentation : Thematic approaches
The fruit of the combined know-how of the Musée du Louvre and DNP (Dai Nippon Printing), the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab is an experimental space dedicated to innovative approaches to mediation in art museums by means of dynamic and imaginative multimedia displays custom-made for each exhibition. This fourth presentation, offering a wealth of novel ideas, is based on the themes outlined below.
Exploring new mediation strategies with potential for use in the forthcoming gallery of the Musée du Louvre's department of Islamic Art.
One of the major preoccupations at the heart of Museum Lab's philosophy is the integration of multimedia displays within the exhibition space. Through a mixture of printed matter and animated projections, Museum Lab comes to grips with the issues affecting art museums in its attempt to make these displays as unobtrusive as possible so as not to detract from the artworks themselves.

In 2010 the Musée du Louvre will be opening a new gallery in its department of Islamic Art, in what will mark the culmination of one of its most ambitious projects since the construction of the Pyramid. The Louvre intends to take advantage of the experiments conducted during this fourth Museum Lab presentation for the development of this new gallery.
Maps as mediation tools
Maps are commonly used to recount history or to explain geography-related phenomena. They provide an overview, making for more direct understanding.
On offer here are interactive maps that combine projected images and printed data.
This interesting combination lends itself well to a vivid portrayal of evolutions in time and space.
Multitouch displays allow visitors to share in the same experience.
For its fourth presentation, Museum Lab was seeking to offer a wider range of ways to share experience and has developed devices for collective use that can be handled by several visitors simultaneously. Audio guidance and multitouch multimedia displays, such as a searchable relief map, allow groups of visitors to consult the information as they please and to share in the same experience.
Observing the items of interest in a work through augmented reality (AR) technology.
It is not possible during an exhibition to point out the items of interest on the work itself, nor to provide commentaries. Museum Lab has found a solution in the form of augmented reality technology. The principle is that visitors are supplied with a device containing a built-in camera that films the work. The filmed images are then superimposed (with precision and in real time) with text or animations created as computer-generated images, such as the areas that are worn or have undergone restoration work. Even if the camera angle changes, the device is equipped with a function whereby information continues to appear at the appropriate place.
Modes of broadcasting information adapted to different styles of visit.
In keeping with the diversification of information broadcasting modes within the exhibition space, for this fourth presentation Museum Lab is offering three visiting modes that are governed by various technological solutions.
The first mode requires no guidance device but, by means of sensors equipped with RFID or IC tags, makes it possible to detect a visitor's presence in a given area and to activate the multimedia displays automatically as the visitor draws near.
The second mode, drawing on a system of audio guidance developed and perfected within Museum Lab during previous presentations, uses network broadcasting technology that allows visitors to hear audio commentaries synchronized with the displays and in the language of their choice.
Finally, a new mode of information broadcasting has been developed whereby visitors can intuitively receive information-visual as well as audio-related to their circuit.

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