A digital museum of modern nature

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Wellcome Collection

Surface Impression designed and developed Sharing Nature, a digital resource for the Wellcome Collection’s A Museum of Modern Nature exhibition. Members of the public were invited to share photos relating to a given theme, e.g. “wild”, “dead”, “green”, via hashtags on social media, or via an online submission process. Following moderation and curatorial selection through a custom control panel, a collection of submissions were then made available online and in gallery on a large back-projected screen that was integrated into the gallery display. Visitors were encouraged to explore the collection and answer questions to indicate the images that resonated with them.

The aim of the exhibition was to shine a light on how we connect with nature in the 21st century. The Sharing Nature web app allowed members of the public to not only contribute to the collection, but to express opinions about how they relate to the objects.