Talking Brains: Programmed to talk
CosmoCaixa, Barcelona

Talking Brains is an exhibition that creates experiences, incites imagination and shows how language connects to our biology. It has a fully immersive design that walks the visitor from the origins of mankind and language to their complex evolution.

It’s an experience that goes beyond the exhibition walls thanks to the use of RFID cards. This technology allows to identify visitors and personalize their experience: the contents are shown in the language of choice and the installations can be enriched with personal data like date of birth, experiments results or the scores of games. Furthermore, this personal itinerary is registered and can be sent to the visitor’s email address if desired.

CosmoCaixa dedicated area is 750 sqm and has three wall boundaries, the fourth side being the connection spot with the rest of the museum. Accordingly, this is where the entrance and exit are located. All the exhibition enclosures and dividing walls follow the same construction system: folded aluminium plate modules with different shapes and sizes connected to create a geometric surface. These modules are lacquered in dark brown and can have blind or perforated sides in order to create wall openings. Thus, these walls both delimit the spaces and generate itineraries.

The exhibition central area contains the Brain Dome, a structure made with more than 400 perforated and bent aluminium plate triangles forming a geodesic construction. This structure has, on the inside part, Dibond plates cladding and outside, opal methacrylate cladding.

Talking Brains is structured in seven spaces corresponding to the main topics: Unity in Diversity, The Evolution of the Linguistic Brain, The Acquisition Labyrinth, The Universe in the Brain, In Half a Second, The Disintegration of Language in the Brain, and Beyond Complexity.

Talking Brains commits itself to an inclusive way of understanding diversity. Action is taken to benefit several collectives: space ergonomy, accessible graphic design, interactive audiobooks and braille panels for visual diversity, close captioning and audio induction loop for hearing diversity are some examples.

Exhibit project:
Indissoluble and Zfc arquitectes

In Medulla

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Talking Brains