The 80s are Back

Powerhouse Museum museum exhibition / interpretive
Trigger, in association with Toland Architects designed ‘The 80s Are Back’, a major exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum that inspired thought and reflection on the culture of the 80s. The unconventional and adventurous exhibition design has won accolades for the Powerhouse.

For visitors, the journey began through a ‘time-warp’ tunnel flooded with projections, lighting and sounds to stimulate and disorientate. The exhibition was an immersive experience of interactive displays and static objects, including retro computer gaming and an interactive ‘music’ cube installation of 80’s music for dancing. Over one thousand Magic Cubes were used for the feature title wall, around which a special event was created to engage Museum volunteers and staff.

Trigger Toland’s responsibilities began with naming and branding the exhibition, through to the overall 3D concept, design of both interactive and audio-visual displays and graphics. The Trigger Toland team also worked with the Powerhouse team on the design of the overall marketing campaign, exterior environmental design, print and web design, live action video art direction, photographic art direction, graphics for web, merchandise design, Museum staff uniform design and design of iphone applications.
The task was complex and the time frame was tight – just 12 weeks from initial sketch designs through to documentation, construction and fabrication, installation and public launch.

It was featured on overseas news providers such as the BBC. It has created an invigorating buzz for the Museum and has been instrumental in attracting new visitor demographics. The exhibition was extended 3 times due to popular demand.

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