Cathy Bonner envisioned a high-tech museum that would herald the con- tributions of women in America. It would include stories of activists, artists, inventors, pioneers — the women who have helped shape American history. The Women’s Museum is in Dallas, Texas.
Picture Projects, one of the few women-run multimedia companies in the U.S. and known for unique interactive narratives, was chosen for the proj- ect. We drew on our background in art and documentary photography to enhance not only the design and concepts, but also to create dialogue with the visitors through video installations and interactive kiosks. We produced four interactive kiosks: Dream Your Career, Leaders and Innovators, Words That Changed Our Lives and Cyberspace Connection. We also researched and produced 4 digital videos that are a part of the permanent exhibit.
Leaders and Innovators
Our favorite project was Leaders and Innovators. We interviewed 20 of America’s foremost entrepreneurs and asked them about their inspirations, their challenges, and their dreams. These women sent us hundreds of per- sonal photographs, and together with their audio interviews, we created interactive timelines and a video Q&A.
For another of the kiosks, Dream Careers, we brainstormed over 140 uncon- ventional jobs for young women. From this we created a playful interactive kiosk that challenges girls to think outside of the box while giving practical information about job requirements, salaries, perks, and pitfalls for each career choice.
Words that Changed our Lives
Visitors can choose a quote to send up a 35 foot LED sign. These quotes are broadcast to other visitors across the museum. A database manages over 140 quotes by famous and not-so-famous women who have affected our lives through their words.
A project of Picture Projects.