You are encountering problems using our website? We hope the following lines will help you to navitate www.mudam.lu 3.0. The site has only two levels of menus in order to render all information available in two clicks.
By clicking on one of the two first links at the top left of your screen, - “Mudam in French” or “Mudam in English” - you may choose the language you wish to use to enter the site. Clicking on “Mudam in pictures", instantly opens the photos which correspond to the text you have consulted. The mode “Mudam in images” offers an exclusively visual navigation of the site. You may make headings superimposed on the photos appear or disappear by using the “show menu / hide menu” tab which may be found in the bottom right of your navigator window, just above the caption of the image on the screen. It is possible to return to the modes “Mudam in French” or “Mudam in English” at any time from the exact place where you were and to continue your visit without having to go through the tree structure. In case of difficulties moving round the interface, the search function also allows you to obtain information that you require if it is available on the site. For example, to access the opening times, type “opening times” in the search box and “enter” on the keyboard. In the mode “Mudam in pictures”, the search function gives you access to photos available on the site that relate to your request. The site offers three parallel surfing modes / languages : French, English and image. Navigation is done from headings or subheadings displayed at the top of the navigator, or via the “search” function. There are no images in the text pages. There is no text on the image pages other than the captions.
Many sites are developed without any consideration for the specific nature of the Web and this has given rise to a lot of absurd pre-existing rules and ideas inherited from other media... It seems to us that a museum should not confine itself to giving information without offering a reflection on the nature and medium of this information. We do not see the web site as a space for reproduction, a paper publication or even less as an art book. Its aim is to complement the work of the museum, not to duplicate its contents. The image of a work should not be a substitute for experiencing the work itself. That is why we use reproductions on the Mudam site as “clues”. The visuals relating to the same subject are displayed full screen, one after another, randomly or not, like a slideshow. The proportions are adjusted to those of the window of the navigator of the internaut. They show in an obvious way the grain and compression specifically related to the digital image.
With Claude Closky, the artist-creator of the site, we wished to create a site which, by its treatment of information without artifice, like the Internet medium itself, does not seek to impress. A rather amusing site carries more authority for him than the graphic effects accompanying most messages today. As the Museum is installed in the very real building by I. M. Pei, the site itself should therefore be rather light. Its envelope reforms itself according to several predefined parameters at every new visit online: the text layout, as the size and colour of the typography combine randomly on opening. In the image mode, the photos of works are pixelated and deformed: graphic options which show their limits from the outset. They create a space whose architecture is always different and exaggeratedly detached from what it contains so as not to alter the meaning.
It is another part of the museum and its role is to offer a different approach to the works. This among other things is thanks to the ease of circulation and its wide choice of connections “à la carte” which Internet allows in comparison to the physical space of museum rooms, pages of a catalogue or sequences from a documentary.
We hope that this will help you to surf the mudam site and that you enjoy it.
PS a description of the graphic chart of the site is available on the “communication” menu.