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Museums and the Web

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Design of an Appreciation Support System for Public Art Using Mobile Phones


The purpose of this study is the development of a navigation system that will help enhance appreciation for urban art by connecting viewers with other people’s thoughts and opinions of art pieces. Hiroshima, located in western Japan, has many works of public art that have assumed a theme of peace. However, in Japan, it seems that the appreciation of art is restricted to the elite, and the majority of people do not seem interested enough to visit art museums. We have designed a system that allows users to share an appreciation of public art in urban spaces by using their mobile phones.

The main characteristics of this study  were to build a system that:

  • induced a positive appreciation among users
  • enabled the sharing of text and images
  • heightened user-experience through involvement
  • was  based on User-centered design and had provisions for color blindness.

The system which we have designed has been tested and improved on three occasions to date and is targeted at those who have few opportunities to appreciate art. The repetition of this experiment within the confines of Hiroshima City, found that the experience of public art was enhanced through the use of this mobile phone system.  These results would seem to indicate that public art pieces do benefit the average person who rarely visits museums in a positive way.


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k.fushimi's picture
Kiyoka Fushimi is Professor in the Department of Information Design at Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University. She is interested in the design of art gallery guidance systems using portable devices such as PDAs and mobile phones. She graduated with an MA in Art (Design) from Aichi Art University,...
Hiroyuki Une's picture
He is a lecturer in Faculty of Information Design, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University, Japan. His research interests include routing algorithms which fulfills load balancing, congestion control, and quality of service (QoS).
Takahiro Anasako's picture
He is teaching at a Junior-highschool, and also has some classes for dessin, CG creation, and so on in Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University. He is an expert regarding art education.
Hirokazu Yoshimura's picture
He is a professor of Psycology, Faculty of Letters, Hosei University. He is interested in the perceptual and cognitive process in museum communication and education. Dr. Yoshimura holds a PhD, MA, and BA in Education from Kyoto University, Japan.
Hiromi Sekiguchi's picture
She is an associate professor in Educational Psychology, Department of Information Communication, Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture in Oita, Japan. She is an expert regarding the inquiry and interview methods in psychology.
Karin Barac's picture
Karin Barac is a Blended Learning Advisor at Griffith University, Australia with responsibilities in the planning and implementation of the Blended Learning Strategy within the Arts, Education and Law Group. The role provides support and professional development in the use of ICTs in learning and...