treated to world-first Marvel exhibition featuring
- 27th May 2017
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Pougnet and son Lucas, 4, visit the Marvel exhibition
at GOMA. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams
by Toby Crockford
to the Gallery of Modern Art were treated to a world
exclusive on Saturday, as never-before-seen Marvel
memorabilia went on display in Brisbane.
than half of the pieces on display had not been viewed
publicly before and the accompanying interactive exhibits
were created using Marvel's original archives.
of Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe, Amanda
Slack-Smith, said "it was all hands on deck"
at GOMA for the last 12 months to create the exhibition.
of visitors stretched beyond the main doors at times
during opening morning, with both fans and the general
public intrigued by the world-first display.
Slack-Smith said she was pleased with the response,
after the amount of work that had gone into securing
and constructing the exhibition.
has been fantastic and it's just what you want ...
when you put this much effort and passion into creating
something, you want people to come and enjoy it,"
exhibit used the entire ground-floor of GOMA and Ms
Slack-Smith said the experience of working with Marvel
had been "excellent".
were really open to talking through ideas with us
... and they were up for pretty much everything we
suggested, as long as the characters and narratives
Slack-Smith said the display featured "beautiful"
original artwork as well as props from the various
franchises, including Iron Man suits and the curator's
favourite, a model of Groot from Guardians of the
addition to the Marvel memorabilia, there were also
interactive exhibits on offer, which were created
by a team from the Queensland University of Technology.
of Hub Studio at QUT's school of design, Dr Deb Polson,
said her team of recent graduates had created three
interactive pieces for the display.
said it was an "amazing thrill" for the
team to spend about six months working on a "top
secret" Marvel project straight from university.
thought we captured the idea of creating something
novel and something easy for groups to engage with,"
Dr Polson said.
interactives incorporated into the exhibit included
three virtual mirrors, where visitors selected their
favourite Marvel character and through the use of
sensors, their selected hero mimicked their movements.
was also a database of the entire Marvel universe,
which allowed users to explore and find similarities
between their favourite characters, films and comics.
could also connect to a mobile website and search
for various codes throughout the exhibit to discover
information about the corresponding artefact as well
as when it first appeared in the Marvel universe.
of the reasons why galleries like interactives is
because they create active participation in the content,"
Dr Polson said.
think it's a really important way of feeling connected
to the content and artistry behind the Marvel creations.
It also creates an emotional connection between visitors
and their favourite characters."
Creating the Cinematic Universe will be on display
at GOMA until September 3. More information and tickets
can be found here.
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