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Museum exhibition has visitors use gumball machine to rate happiness


May 28, 2015
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May 28, 2015, Vancouver – The Museum of Vancouver is hosting
an exhibition and exploration of one of human happiness that asks visitors to
rate their happiness by gumball machine.

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May 28, 2015, Vancouver – The Museum of Vancouver is hosting
an exhibition and exploration of one of human happiness that asks visitors to
rate their happiness by gumball machine.

Conceived by designer Stefan Sagmeister, “The Happy Show” – on
display April 23 to September 7, 2015 at the museum – is both
thought-provoking and engaging, the museum said in a news release. One of the
largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, it takes over museum galleries
and in-between spaces such as stairwells, hallways and restrooms in order to
ask: what makes us happy?  

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Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol
and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in
an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free,
year-long break he takes every seven years to creatively recharge. The final
display is the result of 10 years of research into his own personal happiness.

Confronted with stories about wellness, mindfulness, and
sex, viewers will be immersed in an experience akin to walking into
Sagmeister’s mind. The Happy Show is comprised of an array of engaging
infographics, video projections, and interactive installations, including a
stationary bike that powers a wall of neon, a giant inflatable monkey, and a
series of gumball machines that displays visitors’ collective level of
happiness.