Canberra's Museum of Australian Democracy (formerly Old Parliament House) was home to Australia's Federal Parliament from 1927 to 1988. The Old Parliament House is now a nationally listed heritage building and home to the Museum of Australian Democracy.
As part of a major redevelopment, the Museum of Australian Democracy [MoAD] was created to interpret the history of Australian democracy as enacted from Australia's original parliament building. Magian Design Studio was selected to create and install two audio-visual Decision Theatres; one in the heritage Cabinet Room and another for Year 9 and10 Students in a purpose-built space in the Museum's South West wing.
'The Decision 360°' Decision Theatre
The Museum offers a stimulating experience to engage a youthful and tech-savvy audience. This interactive decision theatre experience aims to reinforce Civics curriculum messages for students in Years 9 and 10. Magian provided the physical concept and infrastructure design for the Decision 360°' theatre. Each of the Decision 360°' 24 minute theatre programs run as part of scheduled school visits. The programs address Australian social and political attitudes since Federation, to 'Conscription', 'Immigration' and 'Environment'.
Students enter a space surrounded by videos projected onto all sides of a closed space. The fourteen image and video-rich projections tell stories taken from specific aspects of life in Australia since 1901.
Magian provided research for historical images and footage, liaising with footage libraries and archives all over Australia to procure the best media to tell the stories. Magian worked with MoAD staff on all aspects of historical research and was responsible for writing each of the scripts.
Graphics production and video editing for each set of fourteen video streams was carried out in-house at Magian. The Magian team developed software to allow students, each using an allocated iPod Touch, a number of opportunities to vote on decisions, during any of the three facilitated stories. Educator facilitators also use an iPod Touch program to manage interaction and discussions at each voting point. Automated doors, lighting, projectors and audio control, as well as stop/start and pause controls for the 'Decision 360°' video programs are all managed through the educator's iPod Touch controller.
The Magian DiAC System is used to manage and control multi-channel soundscapes and the complex presentation and show-control system which supports facilitator and student control, interactivity and site operational management.
Magian MMaPS database Content Management System [CMS] allows updating the program content and supports the content management of programs.
Media Program Types
Decision 360° Theatre
Museum of Australian Democracy