ProjectAccess in Mind

Access in Mind

Encouraging visitors to respond to art

Access in Mind is an audio-visual installation for art galleries that helps visitors to respond to works of contemporary art, rather than explain their cultural importance, style or historical context. Access in Mind aims to stimulate and encourage young people to explore contemporary art using a multimodal approach – light/dramatized audio.

How it works?

The design consists of a “ball-chair” equipped with speakers and 3D sound. The sound system also produces vibrations in the chair through a basic unit in the seat. Light is projected through a number of Plexiglas plates combined with diodes that randomly project different colours. The chair is covered with foamed polythene plastic and is placed on a wooden podium.Sitting in Access in Mind, the visitor hears three different voices with different approaches reflecting on contemporary art. The voices represent three fictitious characters that are engaged in a kind of ongoing discussion based on their respective views. The first voice suggests that of a learned or authoritarian speaker, in this case the artist or art connoisseur – the expert’s voice. The second voice is of a fictitious young man reflecting on love, loneliness, insecurity, suicide and everyday life. The third and last voice belongs to a young woman, a kind of conscience that appears behind the visitor’s neck and encourages the visitor to feel free to grasp without restraint, not to be afraid and to believe in their experience and judgement.


The prototype has been shown and tested at several venues:Sollentuna Konstmässa - 2002Liljevalchs konsthall - 2004Interactive Salon - 2006/07The prototype was developed in 2002 by Forum for Cultural Heritage (formerly Visions for Museums) in collaboration with The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs.