The Wild Reindeer Exhibition in the Nationalpark Centre in Hardangervidda, Norway is Gagarin's most recent production. The exhibition is comprised of 13 interactive installations where users get to explore and experience, via tangible and unique solutions, the various historical, biological and social aspects related to the existence of these wild creatures.
Gagarin's responsibilities included concept design, script writing, construction of prototypes, media design, programming, media technology and final construction of the installations. Gagarin worked in close collaboration with the exhibition curator, Torbjørn Nielssen from Spekter AS; industrial designers Michael Blikdal and Gunnthora Gudmundsdottir; Rjukan Data Service who provided the IT hardware; and the project leader, Per Lykke.
The park is Norway's largest national park and it holds the largest wild reindeer population in Europe. More images from the exhibition here.
Biological Adjustments: This installation reveals the biological aspects of the reindeer such as its food/nutrition, fur, nose, muzzle and tongue, bone and blood, hooves, horns and it's natural ability of avoiding other animals.
An interactive stand gives a visitor the option of inspecting the various biological aspects of the animal. When selecting a topic of interest, an illustration of a given subject appears on the deer's figure.
Bella: This installation shows reindeer migration from an unusual perspective; the reindeer Bella carried the camera herself for a whole year.
Red Lamp: This installation is about the possible impact of human interventions in the area on the reindeer habitat.
Where do the reindeer come from?: This installation reveals the history of the reindeer's migration in the world where it followed the ice rim into the North.