Insight Stations for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), in Winnipeg is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights.

Idéeclic worked with CMHR to develop seven applications for highly interactive touchscreen-based insight stations and a dynamic immersive projection, linked to the museum's content management system.

Inaugurated in September 2014, the insight stations animate the physical contents of seven Museum galleries. This includes an interactive timeline for the gallery What are human rights; two insight stations for the gallery Indigenous Perspectives; three insight stations featuring the Canadian Journey gallery in 3D; four insight stations in the gallery Examining the Holocaust; five insight stations featuring a large video collection for the gallery Breaking the Silence; four insight stations for the gallery Turning Points for Humanity, and finally two insight stations for the gallery Actions Count.

All insight stations offer a variety of content. There are touching stories, testimonials and photo and video archives. Each interface has been designed to harmonize with the exhibition's design and offers intuitive touch navigation. Interactivity and manipulation of content allow visitors to discover themes, deepen their research or simply filter content by type or by interest.

With the interactive stations, we delivered an application that controls a huge projection called the Digital Canvas. This projection is nearly 20 feet high and 100 feet wide. It presents six short videos related to the themes of the Canadian Journey gallery, alternating with a grid of portraits. This application animates content and presents it randomly. The application controls the transition effects and the projection on four walls at different angles. The end result creates an immersive environment for visitors in the largest gallery of the museum.

Finally, much effort has been invested in the accessibility of content. Thus, we have created an accessible version for each application that enables voice-over of all content, including visual descriptions. A video player was custom created to allow synchronization of subtitling and video footage of language des signes québecois (LSQ) and American Sign Language (ASL).

Projections of Portaits on Wall
Vue des bornes interactives au Musée
Vue des bornes interactives au Musée
Vue des bornes interactives du Musée

© Canadian Museum For Human Rights Photography: Jessica Sigurdson/CMHR, Ian McCausland/CMHR