Maker Faire transformed the whole interface of NYSCI, so it’s too overwhelming to get to know the real atmosphere of this museum. During this weekend. I have been to here once during this summer for the Connected World.
NYSCI used to host World Faire in the 1960s, so the function is maybe not a pure museum, but more like a complex of museums, science playground, children museum, conference center, etc.
An installation, Scattered Light, is hanging inside the ceiling of the lobby. I like the idea that they mentioned from the artist of Scattered Light that “inside the ceiling of the lobby. I like the idea that they mentioned from the artist of Scattered Light that “takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building.“
However, I don’t feel it takes me to the context of a science museum. At the moment, I even forget where I’m standing, an art museum? An interior botanic garden? an another fancy Advertisement company?
Also, There is some magnifying lens setting up on the stairs bar of the second floor. But it is difficult to notice.
At the first visiting, I directly headed to the Connected World exhibition which is an immersive installation be set up in the Great Hall. The Great Hall designed by an American architect Wallace K.Harrison. The exhibition is quite independent with other show/exhibition in the museum. Also, in this space, near the entrance area, they set up a couple of screens to show the “behind the scene” video and animations. It makes me feel it is more like a showcase, the SIGGRAPH style, rather than an exhibition.
Space is quite successful for building up this immersive atmosphere for this show. However, in the other side, this space makes me feel very restrained. The whole space is like an enclosure. In a way, I think science museum should be more open-mind, embracing the adventure of inspiration, giving people the spirit of exploration.
I visited a data visualization show during my first visiting as well. Pieces were hung on the wall in the hallway, including Ben Fry’s company, and some other data visualization companies. The content of Data Viz works includes many different fields,
I went downstairs to see the playground. It’s similar
I feel very disconnected in this museum, the street floor is like a science playground, but only for the young-age-education level. In the Upper floor, the exhibitions are disconnected to each other. I couldn’t see any curatorial sense of this museum. Those sections apart from each other.
The visitors are most of the children under 12 years old. It might be a good way to understand a specific part of
In terms of the purpose/the goal of NYSCI, according to Wagner,“None of us can afford to be illiterate in the language of science,” Screven said. And the Hall of Science, was “temporarily a part of the World’s Fair, but destined to be a permanent and major fixture and feature of the Borough of Queens and an important addition to the cultural and educational facilities of the City of New York.”
As for the architecture, “Speaking to the architectural challenges presented by the site chosen for the Hall of Science, Wallace Harrison noted that “the problem from the beginning developed out of the need for an explanation in simple terms
Imagining the whole museum is made of steel, the whole experience where starts from
There should be more
Somehow, I think