Marco Lurati

ACVC exhibition

Interactive table for digital photo archive


This project began as my master's thesis to create a new interactive way of exhibiting pictures. The audio-visual archive of Capriasca and Val Colla in Ticino, Switzerland (Archivio Audiovisivo di Capriasca e Val Colla) wanted to create a permanent exhibition for its contents of digital pictures, printed pictures and oral interviews in which elderly people from the region narrate their stories and share their memories.

Different topics have been talked about during my research; how to share digital pictures with visitors that have different experiences, needs, and abilities regarding their interaction with new technologies, how to actively engage them and grab their attention, how to stimulate discussions to create a sharing experience, and most importantly how to provide an open and accessible way to explore the content.

Therefore, the designed system and its interaction modality resulted from those design research questions rather than the other way around.





MAIND SUPSI, Master Thesis





After several concept developments, iterations, and physical prototyping, an interactive exhibition was fully designed considering the space's organization.

The exhibition consists of an interactive table that allows the visitors to explore the digital pictures of the archive by using an open, physical and playful filtering system. For the oral interviews, an audio station was designed to discover the narrated stories and memories of elderly people who live in the region.

Additionally, a selection of the most significant pictures would be printed and displayed in the exhibition.

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