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Animating Irish Literature

MoLi, the Museum of Literature Ireland, is Dublin’s newest cultural institution. We collaborated with exhibition designers, RAA, and sound and music studio, Coda to Coda, to conceptualise and create several interactive tablets, multiple audio installations and a large-scale generative media exhibition, a Riverrun of Language.

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The immersive audiovisual installation explores the breadth and depth of Irish writing through recorded readings, projections and directional sound showers. This multidisciplinary design creates an interactive exhibition which resembles a flowing river of language. The system powering the installation is interactive by design. Both the soundscapes and the flowing text projections respond to visitors’ actions, beginning when one of the five plinths is approached. Each plinth explores a different theme and shapes the way in which the river of text responds. We created the typographic landscape with a bespoke software capable of generating procedural animation which meant everything was customised and adjusted on site.


We sourced the unfolding text colours and the sounds for the accompanying sound showers directly from Ireland to generate a holistic and cohesive design. The collection of quotations in the graphic river also simulates the seasons outside, both through the texts’ movement and colour. The result is an ever-evolving piece of media which offers fluidity and contrast to the rest of the museum.

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