The National Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia (MNACTEC) has opened to the public its Technospace, a new immersive audiovisual area reflecting on the evolution of technology and scientific knowledge, linking past, present and future. The Technospace comprises an immersive screening room and a small exhibition area outside, with content connected with the audiovisual feature being shown at that time.
The first offering for this area, entitled "Immersive space time", is a reflection on how societies make measurements, based on their degree of technological advancement at different points in history. The film presents the characteristics of different societies (pre-industrial, industrial and post-industrial), explaining the different measurement systems that each of them has created in accordance with their needs.
The small display outside, "Evolution or involution?", reflects on the human need to measure, count and compare, and how this has given rise to different systems of measurement. It analyses the evolution of these systems down to today's great technological revolution, showing the effects on society. The exhibits include a number of objects traditionally used to measure volume, length and time.
Along similar lines, to mark the European Year of Rail (2021), the second offering in the space will focus on mobility and sustainability in rail transport, from its origins in the 19th century up to the future role that railways are destined to play in the 21st century.
Technology and innovation
The creation of the Technospace has received support from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, along with contributions by two Catalan firms involved in the field of digital innovation.
The company VISYON (MEDIAPRO Group) produced the audiovisual content for the first screening presented at the space. On the basis of the conceptual storyboard developed by the MNACTEC team, they produced an immersive audiovisual work incorporating exhibits from the Museum's collections within the animations, to help better showcase knowledge by drawing on the immersive capabilities of the setting.
The company Broomx is the Catalan startup which provided the immersive screening technology for the Technospace project using the MK360 device, capable of generating a virtual experience shared by different visitors to this space at the Museum at the same time.26 April 2021