Sharks, beyond the misunderstanding

Design and creation of audiovisual and interactive installations for the Musée Océanographique de Monaco

2012 - 2013

The Musée Océanographique is Monaco’s marine sciences museum, inaugurated in 1910. It is managed by the Institut Océanographique - Fondation Albert Ier, Prince de Monaco, dedicated to the study and preservation of the oceans.

With the exhibition “Sharks, beyond the misunderstanding” (from 2013 to 2017), the Institut Océanographique invited the public to overcome the stereotypes surrounding these endangered species. The objective of the exhibition scenography was to offer a whole range of ways to interact with these animals and their representations, so that visitors could enjoy a genuinely personal and sensorial experience.

Reciproque designed and created the audiovisual and interactive content for the exhibition, collaborating with the team from Labeyrie et associés on the technical elements.

Extrait de la fresque des requins
Extract from the sharks mural © reciproque
Exhibition presentation video © reciproque

An audiovisual mural spanning 22 meters acted as the centerpiece of the exhibition. This multi-user interactive installation invited visitors to admire virtual sharks and to appreciate their extraordinary characteristics through the life-sized representations.

At the end of the exhibition, a stroking pool allowed visitors to face their fears head on and touch small, and very real, sharks safely. Surrounding the pool were two giant screens broadcasting an immersive documentary that invited the viewer to see what it’s like to dive with the sharks.

The exhibition closed with a fun and interactive game which allowed visitors to see the world through a shark’s eyes for a few minutes, in an arcade game on a tablet. To maintain the connection after the tour, an interactive form was available on the last level so that visitors could commit to help save sharks.