A big max5 permanent installation supporting Meditteranean Cinema

Jun 19, 2011 - 10:52

Design the Media & I have been targeted & approached about a big Max5 installation project for a permanent exhibition.

I made it!

Now, I can name the place/museum.

The Museum is: Musée de la Buzine – Maison des cinématographies de la Méditerranée

It involves:

  • 24 systems with OS Windows 7 64bits + 1 server with Windows 2008 server.
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet Network
  • 7 touchscreen
  • 10 video-projectors
  • 20 rfid readers
  • 7 arduino boards with 8 buttons + 8 ultrasonic sensors
  • 2 multichannel (>4) sound system

I designed the whole system, integrating visuals from a graphic designer, videos from footage makers, sounds from sound designers.

I had to create several tricky systems like:

  • a dynamic subtitler for video (using basic .srt files for easy maintenance & change by the customer)
  • a scheduler (using UDP datagrams to shutdown the whole exhibition at particular hours all along the years & using Wake On Lan UDP datagrams to wake up all in the morning too)
  • a database integration (it provides a system to make Max5 patches knowing what is the language of the visitor’s RFID Card)
  • full network connections to remote control all patches with UDP datagrams (put the installation stand by mode to save energy, etc)
  • specific Arduino firmwares (input reading + output writing)


This Museum has been inaugurated by the french Ministry of Culture, on June 2011.

I’m proud about this big project and I learned (again & again) a lot with it.
Learning everytime is so nice!

I hope to make & build systems like that in a (close) future but actually, I’m on many other amazing projects and probably more personal projects.
Indeed, on my own, I wrote and sent a state of intent for a personal installation system.

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