DARK NATURE, 2014

Dark Nature is an immersive exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History that aims to engage and educate guests through interactive technology, allowing them adapt to the surrounding nature. Their senses are heightened through a series of interactive experiences as they explore the darkest of habitats: the wild tropical rainforest, the extreme depths of the sea and the perpetual darkness of the cave. 

A collaborative project with Kim Daley. Process PDF.

 

 

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The exhibition space is divided into three general areas, each representing a different ecosystem.

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Transition into Darkness: The Cave

In this section of the exhibit, guests are invited to walk through the cave, which interacts with them through
motion-sensing technology. As guests approach certain areas of the cave, the interface prompts them to learn more about the creatures that dwell here.

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What if humans lived in caves?  Step up to the wall and watch your physical adaptation unfold.  


What if humans lived in caves?  Step up to the wall and watch your physical adaptation unfold.

 

 
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The Canopy and Beyond: The Tropical Rainforest

This area of the exhibit includes five 12 ft tall interactive panels that allow guests to discover the diversified wildlife that lives here: from the forest floor up to the towering canopy.

Who’s out and about? Uncover 10 animals lurking in the shadows.


Who’s out and about? Uncover 10 animals lurking in the shadows.

 
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Uncover the Night Lights: The Deep Ocean

The final area of the exhibit includes four large semi-domes that immerse guests in the bright bioluminescence sights of the deep ocean. Using kinect technology, guests are able to dive deeper into the darkness of the ocean.

Let's shed some light. Select a species to learn more about it and its habitat.


Let's shed some light. Select a species to learn more about it and its habitat.

 
Exterior Signage  


Exterior Signage

 

Interactive Poster


Interactive Poster