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The Abbess – an historical encounter

Ackerbürgerhaus Verden, 2012
If bricks could talk, the Ackerbuergerhaus within the city of Verden could reveal its history all by itself. But Bjoern Emigholz, curator of the local historical museum had to use the help of a historical resident, the Abess of Herford and Duchess of Kurland, in order to bring the story of the historic building alive.
We have been commissioned to develop a surprising and interactive face-to-face encounter. Since autumn 2012 the ancient landlady is receiving her visitors personally.

With Christian Graupner, Humatic (Berlin)

SCIENCE & SHOPPING: UMNIKUM St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg (Russia) | October 17, 2011
Five imaginary scientists (a physicist, a mathematician, a biologist, a geologist and an astrophysicist) are mentors to an immersive field of experiences ofn800 sq.m.
All is happening within GALERIA, a brandnew shopping mall near Moscow Station right in the city center.
We were commissioned the conceptual design and artistic direction by Huettinger, the design & build contractor.

Design team: Jochen Hunger, Britta Speer, Joerg Walther, Joerg Hofmann
http://www.umnikum.com/

MKN, new permanent galleries

Museum für Kommunikation, Nuremberg, November 2010

The permanent collection of the Museum of Communication in Nuremberg reopened in November 2011. Director Stefan Kley and his team went not only for a facelift but radically changed the museum's perspective: They focused not on the instruments and media, but on the way humans use them to communicate using sounds, images and language.
We were invited to develop ideas for a series of new exhibits. While in the Intro-zone the basics of vision, listening and writing call for simple explanations (like the two-person camera obscura), the digital revolution can hardly be demonstrated without a computer and (touch)screen.
Most sought-after: the do-it-yourself TV-studio. We humans simply love to look at ourselves…

Hardware: Setis, Falkensee
Programming: roccas GmbH, Nürnberg
Manufacturing: Berndt Richter / Ligneolus, Nürnberg

Edutainment@Sensapolis

City of a 1000 Adventures, Stuttgart-Sindelfingen, June 2008

On three levels of about 300 m² each, we offer to see the topics and attractions of “Sensapolis”, a new indoor visitor attraction near Stuttgart/Germany, through a scientific eye. Connecting the feeling of fear (from the giant climbing wall nearby) with the “science” of fear in the Edutainment Zone allows for sublime moments of sudden understanding.

We had only six months from commission to opening for the conception and fabrication of 22 “openend books” (as we called the exhibition elements), with 56 partly original exhibits.

Budget: 1,1 MIO EUR
Surface: 900 m²

IdeenPark

Economic promotion of the Stuttgart Region, Stuttgart and Sensapolis GmbH, Sindelfingen; May 2008

Within the context of “IdeenPark” (a temporary visitor attraction designed to promote technical professions) the brand new visitor attraction “Sensapolis” from Sindelfingen wanted to introduce itself and “show its face”.
We gathered a choice of exhibits, from simple mechanics to complex face recognition tools. Despite its spatial limitations, the pavillion turned out to be a good base for discussions and experiences.

Budget: 48 k EUR
Surface: around 60 m²

ZOOM Ruhrzoo Gelsenkirchen

ZOOM – RUHRZOO Gelsenkirchen, 2002-2003

To live one day in Alaska – a dream in the middle of the densely populated Ruhr area in the west of Germany. This luxury is available to everybody since 2007 when ZOOM, a visitor attraction derived from the traditional Ruhr Zoo of Gelsenkirchen, opened its doors.
In 2003 we set out with Hüttinger Exhibition Engineering to develop the pilot scheme of a zoo enhanced by a multitude of media. The recipe: take classical zoo issues, add fully detailed replicas of typical landscapes and hide shelters and service buildings (done perfectly by zoo architect Giggi Heuss). In the end: connect all by a continuing story. ZOOM actually carries off visitors not only to Alaska but also to South-western Africa and to Borneo. The total investment was around 84 million EUR, about 10% of that sum has been spent for mediatic enhancement.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Sciene Centre "Exploration and Discovery", 2001

In 2001 Jochen Hunger contributes as scenographer to the design of a floor called “Exploration and discovery” for the Glasgow science centre, at that time being under construction. With this exhibition the project team (including A.E. Hüttinger, C. Laemmle, M. Rudloff),explores new ways for that type of museum. The idea is to compress more than one hundred interactive exhibits into three distinct scenarios explaining the basics of natural history and mechanics.
The equipment of an expedition to a strange planet, the loud colours of a sports arena and the wooden hull of a barge sailing the River Clyde do not only help to find one’s way across 1.800 sq.m. of exhibition but also underline in a concrete way the client’s motto: “Don’t educate, motivate!”. The budget for this project is 1,6 million British Pound.