The History of Whales: Medium and Context

Due to the academic and also public atmosphere of the Museum of the North, there are quite a few things to consider when it comes to the audience that visit it. Not only does the final project need to be professional, it needs to appeal to an audience that both visits the museum on occasion and also has a fair knowledge of how to use the Layar app, or at least a phone. Because of this, my group has decided on a very visual form of providing information to the viewer, through things like graphs, timelines, and pictures we’ve hand drawn. All of these things will illustrate various aspects that the museum already has and could use, such as historical information, current views versus traditional traits, and narrative aspects that convey why the object that we’ll focus on, a whale skull, is so important. image47
We plan on conveying both the natural history
of Alaskan and worldwide whale hunting and the cultural meaning behind such an action. By using population data and traveling routes of various whale species that modern day biologists have examined, and combing
that with important cultural traditions of Native Alaskans, we hope o create a cohesive and interesting piece.
By having most if not all of our project be in the form of illustrations and pictures, we hope to convey this theme of then and now to a wider audience, both young and old, as pictures are a quick and simple way of conveying data. While text has the advantage of truly telling the audience information, we have concluded that pictures are more effective for a museum where people will be walking around and not exactly sitting down to read a novel or watch a movie. And, even if there are audience members who do find more interest in text and essays, there will be a side blog that explains all of the photographs and illustrations, their intent, and the specificity of the data we collected to make them.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and we hope to use that to the full extent in our project to create new meaning to the long and complex history of whaling.


4 thoughts on “The History of Whales: Medium and Context

  1. I really like the fact that you are choosing to diversify your project by using the pictures and illustrations for a faster paced audience, and text for someone that wants to take their time and read more. I think that will help appeal to a much larger group of people. I am interested to see what types of information you end up conveying with your images. For example, are they going to be graphs? Maps? Creative Drawings? You should have a lot of different options depending on what information you want to present about the whales.


  2. I think it’s a great idea to use pictures to convey the data. This will insure that people viewing your project are entertained and having a blog going further in depth with the information is really smart so that if people are in a rush they can just view the pictures but the option of leaning more is available. I also think this is a great way to involve a younger audience while not isolating people who would prefer to just read the facts.


  3. Very cool idea that will tie in very nicely with the whale exhibit. Most people are either visual or hands on learners so I think its really smart to go with the graphs, pictures and comics over just writing a long paper. Plus pictures can be interpreted so much quicker that a 500 word essay, it allows the audience to read what you have to say, and have more time to look at other things in the museum instead of just reading and possibly losing interest in it before you can illustrate your point. Can’t wait to see it.


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