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Electrosonic Provides Audio Visual Support for The Horniman Museum’s ‘Body Adorned’ Exhibition


Electrosonic, the international audio visual experts have provided audio visual support for London’s Horniman Museum’s “The Body Adorned: Dressing London” exhibition.

The exhibition, which runs until January 2013, was designed by Neill Richardson of Objectives, and looks at how the cosmopolitan population of London dresses and adorns the body.  From saris to tattoos and fingernails to piercings “The Body Adorned” makes use of objects from the Horniman Museums collections as well as raiding the wardrobes of well-dressed London residents to examine why people wear what they do using AV techniques to present the exhibits.

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Electrosonic, experts in creating bespoke, state-of-the-art solutions for theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms, have a long standing relationship with The Horniman Museum, having provided most of the audio visual equipment for the “Bali: Dancing for the Gods” exhibition in 2011.  With a deep understanding of customer needs and the capacity to offer full life cycle services thereby protecting the customer’s investment, Electrosonic kept costs to a minimum for “The Body Adorned” by making maximum use of the Horniman Museum’s existing equipment.

The Horniman Museum’s head of exhibitions, Maria Ragan, said, “We have had a long and very successful relationship with Electrosonic and were happy when they won the last tender process.  We needed a company that could work well with the software developers and filmmaker, and the Electrosonic teams dealt with [them] very effectively.  AV is central to ‘The Body Adorned’ and visitors love it”.

The showpiece of “The Body Adorned” is The Light Surgeons’ video production, a large projected image showing a scene looking out from a shop window onto a bustling shopping street.  Electrosonic provided the main screen, overhead speakers and four portrait-format LCD monitors that feature characters who interact with each other and the main display.  Also supplied by Electrosonic were the touchscreens and overhead sound domes for three interactive exhibits.

“Electrosonic provided the AV equipment for the Body Adorned exhibition at the Horniman Museum. They supplied and installed a seamless giant screen and projection in a tight area and portrait monitors for our bespoke housings”, said Neill Richardson of Objectives. “The installation was efficiently co-ordinated with the designers, exhibition contractors and museum staff and achieved all the desired visual affects with spectacular results”.

Audio visual content for the interactives and screens, not including The Light Surgeons, was created by Spiral Productions.  Neil Richardson of Objectives designed the exhibition and Electrosonic’s Sales Manager of the Entertainment Group, Rob Smith, played a key role in the delivery of the project.

“I am very happy with the service I get from Electrosonic, ” says Ragan.  “There is always someone at the end of the phone when I need help or advice, and there is always a quick response to any issues that arise”.

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