The View-Master Project
In May 2016, Merima Repesa displayed her work at the National Museum of Women in The Arts in a more interactive way than you would normally find at museums. The View-Masters project was a creative twist on the usual way you viewed art. The original View-Masters were stereoscopes that held reels of seven 3-D photos that you could see when you would look into it and pulled the handle on the side to go through the reel. The project consisted of five original View-Masters and 10 reels of various original artwork by Merima.
The purpose of the project was to engage the audience within the artwork, rather than only observing. With the world of technology advancing and communication between people dwindling into being mainly through mobile devices, real interaction is harder to sell.
The night of the exhibit at the NMWA, an audience of 18-60+ interacted with the View-Masters with elation. A table full of toys in a room of adults had a greater turn out than expected. Older viewers appreciated the essential time capsule portion of it and the younger viewers appreciated it as a reason to put their mobile devices down and physically look through artwork.
Due to its success, the View-Masters were brought back in August 2016 for a group exhibit at Urban Outfitters in Gallery Place / Chinatown DC during store hours. The audience at this event ranged in all ages due to the store's location and diverse foot traffic. Several viewers looked through the View-Masters with awe and started to take out reels and place new ones in as provided for them.
The project concluded that preserving human interaction is not a lost cause. Though we are very reliant and "glued" to our phones, laptops, tablets, computers, and any technology in general, physical interaction has become a very difficult task, but not an impossible one.