Flow, Exploring Netherlandish Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Flow - Exploring Netherlandish Art

“Flow” Netherlandish Art, Digital Experience

Project Overview

Flow is an immersive, interactive exhibition of Netherlandish Art created for the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. The room-scale works pair landscapes with soundscapes, using camera sensing and projections to reveal layers of content as visitors approach.

Designed to reward curiosity and foster connection, Flow invites visitors to look more closely at masterworks by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists to see how a world four centuries and one ocean away can so closely reflect the way we live today.

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Bringing History to Life

Flow combines text and images from the MFA’s Center for Netherlandish Art to educate visitors about Dutch culture and history in a way that’s engaging and easy to understand. It shares stories about their relationship to the natural world, 17th-century Netherlands as a center of world culture and thinking, and the roots of Dutch prosperity in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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Layers of Experience

Each interactive piece is a projection combining three distinctive layers: a background layer, a dynamic “flow” layer, and a layer of informative content. Activated by camera sensing, the projections transition between these layers, revealing multiple stages of content as visitors approach the virtual canvas.

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Touchless Interactivity

A core element of our strategy in designing Flow was creating a memorable interactive experience that everyone would feel safe using in today’s world. For us at Bluecadet, that means helping our partners like the Museum of Fine Art, Boston move away from touch-based tablets to more spatial experiences based on interaction driven by proximity, gestures, and motion.

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Short Stories for Lasting Impressions

Bluecadet designed Flow to appeal to as wide an audience as possible — particularly those who may be unfamiliar with art history. Rather than confront visitors with exhaustive “tombstones” of educational text, we worked with the expert curators at MFA to create and share brief impressions of life in 17th-century Netherlands. As a result, the interactive works quickly and accurately convey a sense of what it felt like to live in the artists’ world.

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