ArtString is a smartphone app designed to transform museums into a spaces of shared human experience. It is designed to enrich and feed the visiting experience by allowing individuals to share with each other their reactions, knowledge and unique interpretations of the artworks in the space.
Through ArtString, visitors to the National Gallery are invited to follow ‘strings’ created by other users which will lead them through a personally curated tour of the museum’s paintings. These strings can range from highly detailed expert opinion, to whimsical or entertaining interpretations of no academic significance.
In ArtString, visitors can also leave comments about the artworks they encounter. Users are then welcomed into the infinite reverberations that art provokes, empowering them to feel entitled to their own personal feelings. The digital space created by the app allows these responses to be articulated and shared within the contemplative space of the museum.
The ArtString app creates a dynamic digital arena where visitor-to-visitor interactions are genuinely celebrated. Museums will have a rich environment in which to engage with their audience on an equal footing, promoting dialogue as a constant within the museum space.
At the end of their visit to the museum, an ArtString user will leave the museum not only with their own collection of ‘hearted’ artworks, but also a sense of being part of a larger conversation within the museum.