Design commission: Constellation data display

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We’re thrilled to announce that Greg More of OOM Creative and Pete Brundle of Studio PDA will collaborate to design a large-scale, dynamic data-driven display within our new free permanent exhibition which opens in mid-2020.

As part of our major $40 million renewal project, we are commissioning a series of contemporary art and design works that reflect our commitment to experimentation, innovation and creativity and our interest in new forms and media.

The new exhibition will feature the Constellation: a social, interactive experience that allows visitors to explore unexpected connections between films, TV episodes, videogames and artworks. The data commission is a non-interactive large scale projection that accompanies the Constellation.

A circular space containing interactive tables, seating, wrapped by a data set driven projection

A circular space containing seating and interactive tables, wrapped by a dataset-driven projection

The commission will be driven by a dataset drawn from the Constellation’s interactive tables. The basic structure of this data is descriptive characteristics of media (films, TV episodes, videogames and artworks) that will change on a regular basis as exhibitions, screenings and other activities at ACMI introduce new items into the dataset.

Proposed work

OOM Creative and Studio PDA will use state-of-the-art data visualisation techniques to fill the projected canvas with a dynamic digital mapping of the whole corpus of works, connecting directly to the ACMI XOS, and use data gleaned from visitor interactions to animate, transform and give life to the visualisation.

The large scale of the projection will enable a new series of micro-narratives to emerge as a backdrop to the visitor’s engagement with the Constellation’s interactive tables. The display will provide a moment of reflection near the end of the exhibition; visitors will see how their interactions with the XOS transform the data visualisation, ultimately making a living map of the ACMI collection and allowing them to see their interactions as part of a bigger picture. 

About Greg More and Pete Brundle

Greg More founder of OOM Creative is an expert in data visualisation design. His design work has been exhibited at MoMA, V&A, NGV, selected for OneDotZero and Resfest International Film Festivals, and has featured in a range of design international biennales and publications. 

Prior to running OOM Creative, More was a research fellow & senior lecturer in the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University. He was a founding member of a trans-disciplinary research lab (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory) and has been a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage Grant.