Metasyn is an interface that allows visitors to explore the collection of contemporary art in Roskiilde. The visualization includes an interactive 3D browser that is among the best I’ve seen. Items are organized in the space as follows:
The objects are lined up vertically by year showing the distribution of objects over time. For a given object, its vertical order is a product of the ‘grade of dominance’ that the related artist has. The objects that are made by artists whose objects are commonly accruing in the collection are placed closer to the ground plane. This results in an organisation where the most dominant artists are represented close to ‘the core’ of the structure, while the less known artists ends up in the periphery. This decision was made to support the impression of exploring the unknown in the outer areas of the collection, and to increase chances additionally that the museum’s choice of popular artists are promoted.
For the patient, be sure to check out the hi-res version of the video