The Tech Museum of Innovation | Imagination Playground

THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION | SAN JOSE, CA | IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND

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Technology is more than a set of tools for pragmatic areas of endeavor such as medicine or communication or transportation; it can also be a medium for creative expression and play. The Imagination Playground gallery invites visitors to interact with art and technology installations that run the gamut from art to games.

Butterfly Projection

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We collaborated with artist Zack Simpson to produce this interactive shadow projection. Stand still for a few moments and an edge detection algorithm leads butterflies to land on your shadow. The exhibit was replicated by more than 50 venues nationwide. 

Sand Projection

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Hold hands with a a friend, cup your arm, or get creative and use your hair to catch falling sand in a variation on the edge detection software produced as part of an art and technology installation by Zack Simpson.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE

The Tech Museum of Innovation | Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs

The Tech Museum of Innovation – San Jose CA – 1999 to 2003

Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs (2002-2003)  Director of Exhibits – (1999-2002) 

Reported to VP of Exhibitions. Supervised a team of 13 staff and dozens of vendors in production of exhibitions and public programs. Managed $2.3 million annual capital and operating budget. Closed out contracts totaling several million dollars after the new facility opened and established standards to streamline future design, fabrication, and installation. Developed a five-year strategic plan leading to over $4 million in new project funding within three years. Served as liaison to Exhibits and Programs Committee of the Board and as principle investigator for NSF-funded Exploration gallery (Earth, Ocean, and Space); NSF-funded NetPl@net; and NIH-funded Genetics: Technology with a Twist. Introduced falling sand interactive replicated by more than 50 venues.

Exhibit Developer and Project Manager (1995-1999)

Led the development of $3.5 million Communications: Global Connections gallery for The Tech’s new facility opening October 1998. Made successful fundraising presentations to individual and corporate donors. 

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