Queenie Szu-Yu Huang’s Selected Works

Objective View of Contested Collection is a meta-exhibition allowing visitors to embody a museum object from their own cultural context to approach the topic of repatriation with an empathetic lens.

Research October to December 2023
Design and Fabrication Feburary to April 2024

ITP Graduate Thesis 
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Technical Details
Mixed Media Installation with:
Material Wall
Projected Narrative:
    Animated and rendered with Unreal Engine 5
   Projection Mapped with MadMapper


An immersive installation that brings visitor through the journey of how an object arrives at the museum. It starts with audio and tactile hints of auction, transportation and conservation that leads to visitors to inside a display box at a museum space, before providing more concrete examples of actual cases of repatriation in a storage space. By experiencing the process and recontextualization an object undergoes, it prompts a deeper understanding of the complexities attached to contested cultural objects by relating it to personal emotions and experiences.

Designing the Space

Planning Exhibition Flow Based on Content  <-->   Test Variations in 3D   <-->  Test Scale in Actual Space  <-->  Adjust Floor Plan and Dimension for Construction

Creating the Physical and Digital Contents

Material Tests and Prototype

Testing Effects and Narration in UE5




Special Thanks to:

Alexander Porter - Thesis Advisor
Daniel Shiffman - Thesis Advisor
Tatsuki Hoshihara - Design and Fabrication Consultant
Victor Morales - Narrative and UE5 Consultant
César Loayza - Voice
Vera Zhong - Voice 
Yuxiang Cheng - Voice
Henrique Bastos Stockler - Voice
Others I am grateful for:

Brett Peterson
Briana Jones
Deepa Paulus
Emily Conrad
Dr. Marisa Karyl Franz 
Winslow Porter