hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Thu Sep 1 14:42:22 EDT 2016
I also think Dan has been informative, about focusing on the content of
the museum, rather than the walls and ceiling. I think it's a reasonable
point, that the many computers and other objects in the museum space,
provide plenty for the eye to examine and for the mind to consider. And
of course, for the docents to explain.
My impression of the space, is that it's full of equipment and shiny
shelves, and is well-lit. My old-man eyes are very busy already, thank
you. I'll let youngsters give their own impressions.
As for the blandness of the ceiling and walls, Evan; You can't say they
are bland AND that you need to keep people's eyes off of them AND you
need to put objects up there (like LCD screens) to give them something
to see. This is - no offense - contradictory.
you might consider that the white paint covers all the various textures
and structures on the ceiling; they reduce the contrast. also the white,
well-reflects light around the room and reduces shadows. Dark paint
would increase contrast, not reflect light.
The point of the room is not the walls and ceiling, it's the content - I
think Dan was working hard to make that point.
These things said, it may be of some advantage to change the lighting -
that is, use other color temperatures of fluorescent tubes or LED
substitutes, as changing the fixtures is far too expensive for too
little benefit. It's a subtle consideration, once made only requiring
dollars and some simple labor. And it's reversible.
It's far simpler to add some posters or other hanging items, than to
paint. Items hung one day, can be removed and replaced another day. If
one thing doesn't work, remove it and provide another thing. Items well
above eye-level will not be examined in detail, that's human-factors.
Again - the room is full already, with much to see and describe.
Finally: The space is new and simple. It's just been established. the
contents have just been established. Why not let them run their course,
gather reactions from the visitors, and from the volunteers who respond
to the visitors? Then in a few years, revise the space. They may be
other exhibits to add at that point, other renovations. That seems
prudent and considered.
That's my response, to a public discussion, about changes to the museum
exhibit space. What Evan and VCF Inc. do is their choice, and so I would
not comment in this way except others have done so, presented their
points. These are mine.
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
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