Enhancing the Museum Experience

Using interactive projections to bring forgotten paintings to life

Project features

16 October 2023

  • Interactive Installations
  • Museum
  • Projection
  • Custom Electronics
  • Software Development

Unveiling the Nuances of Juan Rodríguez Juárez's Paintings

In 2009, a trainee curator’s discovery in Leicester Museum’s art stores led to the restoration of five forgotten paintings, which turned out to be the earliest form of racial classification ever found. Fast forward to 2023, and these paintings have taken the spotlight in the exhibition Casta: the Origins of Caste, held at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery from September 16 to December 3. This exhibition, curated by Opal22 Arts and Edutainment, delved deep into the themes of caste, class, and classification through the work of Juan Rodríguez Juárez (b. 1675; d. 1728).

Casta: the Origins of Caste showcases Juan Rodríguez Juárez’s paintings, inviting visitors to decode art and artefacts related to global majority communities. The exhibition challenges preconceptions and explores the theory of race, its relevance in the modern world, and the power needed to give it meaning. This unique showcase provides an opportunity to reflect on the historical implications of racial classification and its impact on society.

Photo showing the Casta Wall interactive projection. Various images are projected onto a wall, the images change when one of five sensors embedded in the wall is covered.

An innovative solution

Solder is honored to play a role in the visitor journey for this exhibition, enhancing the experience through an interactive museum wall. By subtly integrating cutting-edge technology, visitors can access detailed information about the paintings by simply touching sensors on the wall. Unlike conventional methods like capacitive touch boards, Solder opted for a bespoke approach. The use of light sensors, designed to be effortlessly installed on the back of the wall, ensured a seamless and immersive experience for the visitors. While capacitive touch boards were available in the market, they would have been less tailored, more expensive, and difficult to install. The light sensors, adapting to changes in light levels, responded promptly to visitors’ gestures, enhancing their engagement with the paintings without compromising the exhibition’s authenticity. Solder’s innovative solution not only made the interaction intuitive but also cost-effective, allowing the essence of the exhibition to shine without technological hindrances.

Photo of a person interacting with the Casta Wall by covering a sensor on the wall

The fusion of historical significance and technological innovation in Casta: the Origins of Caste offers visitors a profound journey into the complexities of racial classification. Solder Creative’s expertise in interactive solutions not only complemented the exhibition’s depth but also showcased the potential of integrating technology with art and culture.

Exhibition Details:

  • Duration: September 16 - December 3, 2023
  • Location: Leicester Museum & Art Gallery
  • Entry: Free
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