The Library wanted to develop a smartphone application to increase its public reach and visitor engagement. Art Processors was brought on as the digital strategists to create and implement this project. Our task was to develop a mobile application that offered visitors access to information in and about the Library's oldest building, the 106-year-old Mitchell Library.
Art Processors led a research consortium consisting of the Library, Samsung Electronics and HP. The latter two groups were responsible for providing hardware and offering specialist technical assistance for the project. We conducted a study with Library staff and visitors to look at ways the visitor could connect further with the Library's collection and history by using a mobile application. The research informed the development of the Curio app and its interactive content.
Drawing upon our location-based technologies developed for the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), we provided a technological solution that delivered rich interpretive materials about the building and collection, all without the use of traditional printed signage or permanent structural changes to the heritage-listed building. The Curio app’s location-based audio guide ensured interesting facts, surprising stories and multimedia content about nearby objects and architectural features were made instantly available to visitors.