ePaper For Museum

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The role and mission of museums have changed enormously over the past thirty years. Institutions created for the collection, conservation, research and protection of artworks have taken a new direction and today head for building broad relationships with an increasingly demanding and conscious society. Among the many changes that have taken place in modern exhibition, one element seems unalterable, traditional and even, one might say, anachronistic. This element is: the artwork’s LABEL.

Since the times of the aristocratic collections of the 16th-19th centuries to the present day, the label has not ceased to be a plate containing written information. It began with an inscription placed directly on the frame or on the surface of an image. Then, taking the form of a small, metal plaque with the author’s name and time of creation, the label found its place in the bottom of the frame. The great changes in the concept and mission of the museum in the 20th century produced the label of a more advanced form, with larger dimensions and much more information. At the same time it was to be found on the wall next to the painting or on the pedestal of a sculpture or any other work of art. Its form never ceased to be a painted, calligraphed or printed plate…

We would like to offer a completely new approach to the concept of the museal label in the form of ePaper display screen (PicoSign™)

This technological solution has been designed to meet the requirements of the modern exhibition in terms of providing information to visitors. A universal signage system which combines the advantages of ePaper with the convenience of Internet connectivity.

The following are some of the basic features of the the ePaper museal label that allow the description of an artwork to meet the requirements, expectations and needs of an increasingly demanding public.

ePaper screen does not emit light therefore it does not interfere with the viewers’ perception and does not distract their attention while admiring the artwork

ePaper display system is connected by WIFI to the computer system so it creates many opportunities:

  • the text content of the electronic paper label can be designed and formulated by the museum staff
  • the content can be changed, enhanced, reformulated, redesigned or rewritten without moving the label from the wall
  • the content may include high resolution black-white-grey maps, drawings or diagrams
  • the size and format of the letters can be changed and modified according to needs
  • the text can be written in any language including languages with non-Latin characters
  • ePaper technology not only allows you to put text on screens in the form of museal labels but also permits more extensive information on larger screens such as:  introduction label boards of temporary exhibitions or ePaper boards over ticket office windows or counters with prices, opening hours or any other information

In the interiors the ePaper displays are battery powered. They consume very little energy and work perfectly for up to three years without changing the battery. Outside the buildings, the power supply is based on solar energy. As the ePaper display screens do not not reflect sun or light from other sources, this option works perfectly in the outdoor glyptotheques, glass houses, historical parks, architecture, etc.
ePaper solutions for museums can be adapted to the individual needs of an exhibition institution.

ePaper displays are innovative, ecological and useful technology and can be used for any need of providing information to the public. Both traditional and  innovative museums are looking for ever newer methods of presenting their collections, aiming at modern solutions. ANTAMION together with MPICOSYS are ready to provide these solutions today.