Discover IT @ Discovery Days - Overview Video Austria Graz





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Published on Oct 9, 2007

Discover IT - Students from the Information Management degree programme led visitors to the "discover IT" exhibition through a virtual world, from a visual drum session with sound cubes, a laser harp without strings through to a magic book which allowed readers to scroll through virtual human organs. True to the motto "touch, explore, discover and be at one with the exhibits", visitors were also able to row through the human body, draw music themselves and build music with wooden blocks. Visitors were also able to project a love letter, sent by SMS, onto the Kunsthaus Graz's BIX wall, the city's largest electronic display.

Margit Fischer, wife of Austrian President Heinz Fischer, was given a special guided tour of the exhibition by project supervisor Alexander Nischelwitzer and the students. She was impressed by the students' work, as were the other guests who included representatives from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. "This cooperative venture with the Kunsthaus Graz, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Science Center Network allowed us to present the students' project work in a perfect framework and an ideal location", explained Alexander Nischelwitzer. "Margit Fischer already knew of our museum projects and exhibits from regional exhibitions and museums. When she heard of the 'discover IT' exhibition she immediately agreed to come", he added. The exhibition was organised as part of the EU's "Discovery Days" project with cooperation of the BMUKK Austria.

Information and contact:
Information Management Department
FH-Prof. Dr. Alexander Nischelwitzer
Tel.: ++43 (0)316 5453 8516
E-mail: alexander.nischelwitzer@fh-joanneum.at
Web: www.fh-joanneum.at/ima.



The main aim of the proposed project is to present the vision for the future operation of museums, science centers and thematic parks as well as to give to the wider public the opportunity to experience the new technological achievements during their visits in those places. A rich collection of examples of futuristic scenarios and visions will be presented and discussed in detail. These will offer a glimpse of a future in
which visitors could explore worlds and cultures beyond their own, both in distance and time, as if they were there. The Discovery Days project intends to introduce several pan-European escalating science and cultural celebration initiatives, which will reach their peak during the European Science Week 2007.

These initiatives will consist of two main categories of activities,

(i) Realisation of 10 Discovery Days in several European Cities (Each Discovery Day includes demonstrations of advanced technological
applications in real environments, workshops of specific subjects of general interest and special events focusing to young visitors of the museums and the science centers),
(ii) An International three day Conference during the European Science Week 2007.


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