To coincide with the opening of Third Space, the Museum launched a completely redesigned smartguide that allows visitors to further explore and engage with the works and themes of the exhibition. Visitors can access this feature at home or at the Museum using their personal devices or on Museum iPads.
The Third Space smartguide includes quick facts about the artists, links to related resources, videos, and high resolution images of the works, which allow for closer, more detailed examination.
Most exciting, perhaps, is the smartguide’s audio feature that accompanies this exhibition. We invited a diverse group of Birmingham community members to record their thoughts on various works. Listen to 7-year-old Marleigh Belcher describe what she sees in Thornton Dial’s No Right in the Wrong, to Jesse Phillips of St. Paul and the Broken Bones reveal the allure of The Sigh of the True Cross by Mel Chin, or to Associate Professor of Art at UAB Dr. Jessica Dallow uncover the significance of Sue Williamson’s Mementos of District Six. Many people find contemporary art intimidating and we hope that by listening to comments made by members of the community, visitors will not only be empowered to engage with the works, but will also be inspired to share their own story, as well. We encourage visitors to leave their own audio recording in our audio guestbook before leaving the gallery, and hope this will continue to foster the conversational theme of Third Space.