The Newseum, a museum designed with the guidance of RAA, is currently holding an exhibition entirely dedicated to the relationship of music and media. “Woodstock at 40” traces the rise of photojournalism through a music festival in upstate New York. This exhibition, unlike the rest of the Newseum is almost entirely void of technological interactions. The exhibits rely solely on interviews from now famous journalist who attended the festival, a collaboration of photographs documenting the weekend, and music memorabilia such as tickets and album covers. “Woodstock at 40” is set up more like a living documentary than its high-tech counterparts which make up the rest of Newseum. The video interviews with Woodstock attendees seem to be the most technologically advanced aspect of the exhibition. Because of the overall simplicity of the gallery design, I assume that the budget was not particularly large for this display.
It would be interesting to see how Woodstock, one of the most controversial events of its time, could be shown through technological interactions such as a computer generated map of the festival grounds, a way to place the museum visitor at the site, and other means to experience interesting aspects of the Festival such as musicians, instruments, and drug use.