Art, Music and a Robot: Inspirational Quad Cities Program Brings Cancer Patients to the Figge Art Museum on a Beam named “Genie”  is the newest post on beam® Suitable Technologies blog featuring an interview with Figge Art Museum Education Director Melissa Mohr, QCSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Marc Zyla, and QCSO Digital Media Assistant Nicolas Propes. The QCSO recently collaborated with the Figge Art Museum for a video inspired by Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition featured on Masterworks I: French Moderns, this past October.

Beam, Figge, RobotBeam® develops technology which enables people to connect with others no matter where they are physically.  Their main product is the beam video-casting robot which provides the controller the freedom to move within an environment and communicate with others in a natural way. In partnership with Living Proof Exhibit, the Figge uses a BeamPro named Genie sponsored by Genesis Health System (Genie is short for Genesis) to help patients at the Genesis Cancer Care Institute take tours of the current exhibits.

Using Genie, the QCSO created a modern take on Pictures at an Exhibition, which Mussorgsky composed after visiting a showing of Viktor Hartmann’s artwork.  Marc Zyla stated that “it was important that anyone who watches our video has an experience that helps them understand what a trip to the Figge is like, but one that also shows the capabilities of Genie – to bring people to the museum and experience something they may not have been able to otherwise.”

Read more about this collaboration and the video development in the full blog post HERE, and watch the full video below!


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