New Museum Exhibit to Let Visitors Try Google Glass

By Lisha Arino on May 4, 2014 10:46am 

 The New Museum, located at 235 Bowery, has partnered with Google Glass to create an app for its Triennial exhibition in February 2015.
The New Museum, located at 235 Bowery, has partnered with Google Glass to create an app for its Triennial exhibition in February 2015.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — New Museum visitors will see art a little differently when the Triennial returns in February 2015.

Through a partnership with Google Glass, the museum will launch a “visitor engagement app” using the wearable technology, officials announced.

The app and “glassware” will be available for the Triennial, a recurring exhibition that showcases international emerging artists. Next year’s event will be curated by Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin, whose work was featured in the inaugural Triennial in 2009.

The partnership and the app’s development are still in the early stages, but the technology is intended to “enhance visitor engagement at the Triennial” and allow the public to share their experiences, according to a press release.

Lisa Phillips, the museum’s Toby Devan Lewis Director, said the museum was excited to work with Google Glass on the project.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the company’s inventive minds to explore new ways that technology can enhance public engagement and improve visitor experience at the museum,” she said in a statement.

The New Museum has explored the intersection between technology and art in past projects, including the Seven on Seven Conference on May 3, which paired leading technologists with artists.

The museum also created Media Z Lounge in 2000, a dedicated space for digital art projects, but the Google Glass partnership is the museum's first effort to use technology to augment visitors’ experiences.

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