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What to expect

This is not an ‘exhibition’ in the traditional sense. It is part laboratory, part game, part studio, part creative space.

The aim is to create an immersive and experiential space that will present concepts and ask questions of visitors, so that they start thinking about some of the issues surrounding our ‘digital future’.

The gallery is divided into two halves:

  • The first section as you walk in provides a series of provocations based around Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, exploring how digital technologies are changing the way we meet our human needs.
  • The second half is a relaxed and flexible space where visitors can engage with some digital ‘toys’, watch TED Talks, contribute to our future timeline, digitally meditate and join in our workshop program.


Introducing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  1. Brainstorm human needs in groups. Collate ideas to paper or a digital platform of your choice.
  2. Explain the idea of Maslow’s pyramid with basic needs on the bottom moving up to more complex needs. More info:
  3. Provide a large triangle and ask students to place their ideas where they think they fit on the pyramid.
  4. Label each level using the categories below. Use the exhibition categories, Maslow’s original categories, or both.
  5. Discuss as a class and reposition contributions as decided by the group.
  6. Ask students to select one level of the pyramid and write a reflection on how this area may be affected by changes in technology in the future.
  7. Share in groups or as a class.
  8. To extend further, ask students to design a digital innovation that could be used to improve life in respect to the category selected for reflection.
Exhibition Categories Maslow's Original categories
Virtual vs Physical Self Self-actualisation morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts
Work and Learning Esteem                           self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others
Connection Love/Belonging               friendship, family, sexual intimacy
Information Security Safety                              security of body, of employment, of resources, of morality, of the family, of health, of property
Body and Environment Physiological                   breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion

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