An audio story translated into physical space.
Radiolab is a remarkable podcast that strives to make science accessible to a broad audience. They release an episode each week that centers on a theme, such as time, space, or thought. For my two-week final project in my Rhino class, I translated their Dinopocalypse episode into a museum exhibit. In this episode, the hosts walk the audience through an alternate version of the familiar asteroid impact story. In this theory, the dinosaurs are baked to death by falling debris instead of slowly freezing from dust blocking the sun.
The show is narrative by design, and I enjoyed the challenge of transforming an auditory story into one that could be experienced in physical space. Each room corresponds to an “act” in the original episode.
Visitors enter the space and learn about the era of the dinosaurs and what we know about the asteroid that contributed to their extinction.
The line that runs through the exhibit represents the K-T Boundary, the thin line of iridium-rich rock left by the asteroid impact that separates the Cretaceous period from the Paleogene period. Dinosaur fossils fall off sharply above this line, for obvious reasons. It passes through the entire exhibit, a constant reminder of the power of the asteroid that eliminated the dinosaurs.