Everyone who has ever traveled knows the number one rule to follow when on the road: pack light. For traveling exhibitions this rule is a bit harder to obey, since every item on display is essential to the educational value of the show. The smart use of modern day technology can be a real game changer in this regard, as is just now being demonstrated by the exhibition 'Hemel en aarde tussen de rivieren' (Heaven and Earth Between the Rivers) which is currently on tour in the Netherlands.
The artist and designer Everdien Breken and copywriter Hester Stafleu were commissioned to create an interactive table which had to meet a number of requirements: It needed to be sturdy, yet easy to transport, appealingly designed and reliable enough to run as a stand-alone application over long periods of time. They chose Ventuz for this job especially because of its easy to use touch options and its stability.
The table consists of an elegant wooden structure combined with a 42" Iyama touchscreen. In terms of the content, a completely non-linear approach was taken. Visitors can browse through a large number of interviews and photos and thus freely choose their path through the presentation. Additionally, users can play an interactive game.
The exhibition started off in the church St Maartenskerk in Zaltbommel and will continue its route through the Netherlands all through August 2015.