A mobile interactive display and public platform that loosely translates as ‘the world in a box’.

This Cairo project drew together a growing consortium of Egyptian, Danish and international organisations dealing with urban heritage and social sciences.

The Touch Wall functioned as a non-traditional platform for reflecting a community history and future through visual media,where images were presented juxtaposed by space, time and themes. The Sanduq el-Dunia collections reflected, but were not limited to, personal and lived experiences related to these subjects experienced in Cairo’s city life and culture.

On the pathway to creating this standalone exhibition, our team built on the core TouchCity™ interactive design, technology, and concepts created for the Vaeggan Touch Wall to realise a unique experience design. During the project, strong networks were built among cultural, private and government stakeholders. Our team ran the full scope of work including fabrication, installation, and servicing. Gibson International also produced a preview of Sanduq el-Dunia at the annual Images Festival in Copenhagen, installed as part of our ‘mother wall’, Vaeggan.

Our role

  • Interactive displays
  • Graphic and digital design
  • Fabrication and installation
  • Staff training
  • Ongoing site support and maintenance

An interactive design juxtaposed by space, time and themes

Multiple perspectives contribute to the common understanding of society – a premise which shapes our approach to creating the moveable 3D cityscapes of a DIGIE interactive display. For Sanduq el-Dunia, layers of Cairo’s history, memory and heritage came to life using state-of-the art technology, offering the user a unique look at the city’s heritage by digitally navigating through its past.

The platform and website are nourished by a central database of images that were harvested from institutional archives and personal collections. This large public interactive design shifted the personal, subjective experience to the public through user interaction and participation. A public upload facility was envisioned to spur dialogue, and offered the multilayered heritage as a resource for discussion.

Gibson International collaborated with

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DK), Space & Time (DK), Museum of
Copenhagen (DK)

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