This project is about exhibition design and work with all the aspects of exhibition, such as information, environmental design and spatial . So we need to study about exhibitions (modular and/or purpose build), physical systems ( for example displays, information systems, signage and wayfinding) and how these impinge on the visitor. According to the project brief, this project aims to reflect our ability to develop new and exciting ways of communicating in the rapidly changing technological age, as well as considering the functional aesthetic implications of information, communication, environmental and spatial design. We should design a temporary exhibition within the room No. 35 British museum, the museum of human history and culture.
This exhibition is going to be about a significant moment in time! The content and design are completely up to us, however, for Communication Design and Moving image, it has to be a minimum of one text-based information area (not more than 1000 words) incorporated into the environment. We should choose a moment in time as the point of reference and work in a interdisciplinary team. Me, Vicky fox and Viral Patel decided to work as a team. Me and Vicky are Communication Design students and Viral studies Visual Effects.
Choosing the moment for the exhibition, the first idea that came to me was the Big Bang, the moment that everything begun to exist! which is the very moment that they are aiming to recreate at CERN. Based on Viral’s idea, we decided to work on the moment of the collision of the two proton beams at the CERN research facility earlier this year, 13:06 (central european summer time) on 30 Mar 2010.
What is the LHC?
The LHC is exactly what its name suggests – a large collider of hadrons. Strictly, LHC refers to the collider; a machine that deserves to be labelled ‘large’, it not only weighs more than 38,000 tonnes, but runs for 27km (16.5m) in a circular tunnel 100 metres beneath the Swiss/French border at Geneva.
Researchers think that the Universe originated in the Big Bang (an unimaginably violent explosion) and since then the Universe has been cooling down and becoming less energetic. Very early in the cooling process the matter and forces that make up our world ‘condensed’ out of this ball of energy.
The LHC will produce tiny patches of very high energy by colliding together atomic particles that are travelling at very high-speed. The more energy produced in the collisions the further back we can look towards the very high energies that existed early in the evolution of the Universe. Collisions in the LHC will have up to 7x the energy of those produced in previous machines; recreating energies and conditions that existed billionth of a second after the start of the Big Bang. The LHC is asking some Big Questions about the universe we live in: How did our universe come to be the way it is, What kind of Universe do we live in, What is our Universe made of and What happened in the Big Bang.
Here is the six billion dollar experiment:
I should confess that it is one of the most difficult moments that we could choose! However, it is going so good so far! We divided the exhibition into 5 parts: Intro, Physics, the LHC, Visualisation of the moment, and the outro. I am working on the visualisation of the moment, the moment that these two beams of particles collide, and millions of new particles creat. This is what we’ve got so far after lots and lots of research. Below is a photo brief of how the projects is going and how the exhibition is going to be organized.
Below is my mind map about the LHC and the Big Bang and the things I need to keep in mind, while working on making it visual. Of course i want to show off my progression on mind mapping as well! 😀
And that’s what we’ve got so far!
To be continued …
P.S. You can check out the perocess of our project in our blog: http://pg02moment.wordpress.com/