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Curio Interactive: Merging Art, Science And Technology To Inspire Curiosity

by | Nov 6, 2017

Composite Illustration of Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) by Sonia Lei. Courtesy of Curio Interactive.

Composite Illustration of Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) by Sonia Lei. Courtesy of Curio Interactive.

Pacific Science Center is excited to welcome our next What Is Reality startup-in-residence: Curio Interactive.

Curio Interactive is the next startup-in-residence to work in our incubator space, The Hive. Their team is made of three artists: Jennifer Primm, Park Interpreter and Natural Science Illustrator; Sonia Lei, UX Designer and Illustrator; and Barry Boone, Tangible Interface Engineer and Natural Science Illustrator. Together, they operate as a design studio focused on educating the public about science and nature. They create interactive exhibits and immersive experiences by combining art and technology that spark curiosity between science and the natural world. Inviting them to work on our floor and with our guests was a natural decision, as their mission perfectly aligns with ours. We ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery, while Curio Interactive seeks to inspire learning, curiosity and wonder in nature and science.

 

Jennifer Primm, Park Interpreter and Natural Science Illustrator

Jennifer Primm, Park Interpreter and Natural Science Illustrator

Sonia Lei, UX Designer and Illustrator

Sonia Lei, UX Designer and Illustrator

Barry Boone, Tangible Interface Engineer and Natural Science Illustrator

Barry Boone, Tangible Interface Engineer and Natural Science Illustrator

By providing them with a creative workspace on our floor, they will test their prototypes with our guests, gain feedback, and update their designs. “Being able to have museum visitors try out what we’re working on, give us feedback, and see the iterations of our work over time will be exciting and a unique opportunity to make something really compelling,” said Boone. Projects will include devices, games and other interactive experiences. You can already see some of Curio Interactive’s work on our floor in our newest exhibit, An Evolving Vision: Exploring Paleo Art. This exhibit features a version of Boone’s interactive art – using Microsoft Kinect you can erase the skin and feathers of a dinosaur with just a wave of your hand, revealing its skeleton.

The first project Curio Interactive plans to test is a rendition of their prototype Curio Lens, an “enchanted” magnifying glass that provides alternative views to a specific illustration. Depending on the visual, the Curio Lens reveals magnifications, animations or other points of view, such as x-rays, that appear in sync with the illustration and lens’ movement. This specific rendition is for an exhibit called The Hidden Life of Trees. It is a collaboration with a State Park system to bring unseen wildlife of the Pacific Northwest to life:

“Imagine stepping into a room surrounded by a beautiful mural of a conifer forest covered with lush moss and lichens. A spotting scope is pointed up at the canopy. You peer through the lens as you scan. At first glance it appears as a static visual, but as you search, the mural comes to life.”

Outside of this project, they are also working on product development for interactive devices used in various settings from the classroom to out in the field. These devices will “give educators an engaging way to promote experiential learning at the intersection of art and technology,” said Primm. Curio Interactive’s mission is to connect people with nature and science, and they hope to see their educational products used in classrooms around the world.

Curio Interactive is excited to interact with our guests, and hope to offer playful inspiration to all. “By inspiring curiosity and play we hope that guests reflect thoughtfully on the wonders of science and the natural world. We aim to foster that spark of inquiry in hopes of inspiring environmental conservation through enchanting experiences with art and technology. Most importantly, we want guests to be a part of our story and community as we grow,” said Primm.

Curio Interactive will start their residency in the coming weeks. You can visit their website at curiointeractive.com, and be sure to find them in The Hive and see what they’re working on during your next visit.

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