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The Ackerbürgerhaus presents itself in small but finely

City of Verden, 2012

A splendid building of the Renaissance north of the river of Weser in Germany in the city of Verden has – after being renovated with care – opened up to public in autumn 2012. The small but finely version in the scale of 1:25 presents itself as model on the first floor.

Dimension: 60 x 60 x 150 cm

ICH KANN! – The book of making things yourself

Ideas are not a luxury - everyone has that. With this motto in April 2011 opened the "temporary museum of creativity" for exactly two weeks its glass doors and become a reference source for experimental people of all ages from the region, and a place of trying out new old (creative) techniques

Now the documentation is published, “The Book of the making things yourself!”. It approaches the temporary Museum of creativity from the cookbook perspective of making, which always includes the perspective of repeating and going on.
(Excerpt from the intro)

Layout: Katrin Geiss
Supported by: Kulturförderung Erlangen

download of the book: http://www.ichkann.org/galerie/

# 2009 / 5 Story tree > … (Global) history in tree rings

The "Story tree" exhibit tells seven hundred years of history from a tree's perspective. History, inventions and their repercussions on the surface of the earth are blended into a single tale without words. When the magnifying glass slides over the tree rings, a multi-layered yet intuitively understandable story unfolds.

Developed with roccas and Hüttinger, 2009

# 2009 / 4 Beyond nature > … listen through the bone

We were looking for a "different" kind of listening device for this exhibit about the main world religions, and found this: Visitors use their forearms as transducers for sounds. Two black "sound knobs" per audio clip, inset into a wooden counter, serve as interface. The bone transmits the signal. Minimal audio.

Carried out with Hüttinger, for Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw, 2009

# 2009 / 3 Digital cave painting > … paint like a cave man

About 15 000 years ago early humans have drawn parts of the living world – animals, themselves – onto cave walls, with great accuracy. They used their mere hands. Modern touchscreens enable us to re-enact those creative moments: Following the outlines of an animal with a finger finally highlights the whole figure.

Carried out with roccas and Hüttinger, for Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw, 2009

# 2009 / 2 Keep the fire burning > … a cool fireplace

No fire burns forever. The flames of "Keep the fire burning" react on fanning, blowing, wind. Like any true fire. But without ashes and smoke.

Realized with Humatic (Berlin) and Hüttinger (Schwaig), for Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw, 2009

# 2009 / 1 Elephant hunter > …Neandertal hunting (Talking head)

As far as we know this is the first Talking head speaking Neandertal dialect… and the first, whose hardware (videoprojector, loudspeaker, player) is fully integrated into the lifesize body modelled after most recent findings, but with a twinkle in the eye. Although only the face is animated (video retroprojection) the encounter feels very complete.

Realized with Christian Graupner / Humatic, Setis cine Electronic, Manfred Schaller, Eva Dönges / Harald Kolb and Matthias Meier, for Museum Domherrenhaus, Verden (Germany), 2009

# 2008 / 4 Dancing lesson> … your personal dance coach

What's the waltz all about? Dances at Court were in the focus of our "Dance master" installation, aiming to stimulate social cross -generational interaction. Thanks to laser detection the dance master (a retro-projection) seizes a visitor's movements on an assigned dance floor. The master then starts directing the new dancer with elegant and slightly exaggerated movements. The more reactions detected, the more fun. But you should not watch the dance master's face if his disciple hangs up dancing!

Realized with Christian Graupner / Humatic (Berlin) for the Fairy tale castle of Sensapolis (Sindelfingen, Germany).
Original music composed by Patrick Abrial, Paris

# 2008 / 3 Interactive portrait > … make me smile

At first sight the portrait looks like any other. But if a visitor comes near, the image starts to move – the portrayed person comes to life! Some members of the Royal Family we invented for the fairy tale castle of Sensapolis can reveal secrets to the visitors and start an individual interaction. Technically speaking laser detectors deliver signals which pilot non-linear films.

Conceived and carried out with Christian Graupner / Humatic (Berlin) for the Fairy tale castle of Sensapolis (Sindelfingen, Germany).

# 2008 / 2 Little angry chef > … Pepper's ghost, advanced level

The theater illusion of mirroring in a person is called after one of their inventors, John Henry Pepper. For the fairy-tale castle of Sensapolis we took the chef de cuisine, shrank him to a tenth of his size and set him free to live in a bread box. But that was not all: If visitors knock on the glass, he comes to life, waves his hands mounting a croissant and seems to call "take me out of here!". To our knowledge the first "interactive" Pepper's ghost!

Conceived and carried out with Christian Graupner / Humatic (Berlin) for the Fairy tale castle of Sensapolis, (Sindelfingen / Germany)

# 2008 / 1 Open book > … universal module for display

The cover of a book is an advertisement of the content – while the front cover is supposed to catch attention, the back cover gives an overall idea of the topic the book deals with. We applied this principle while organizing the space of an exhibition. Almost intuitively visitors approach any subject matter if it is displayed in the "open book" manner. Moreover: the walls are self-stabilizing (put in an 90 degree angle), and cabled inside. So once connected to electricity, lights and audiovisual media can directly be plugged directly into the walls-.

Conceived and carried out with Berndt Richter / Ligneolus (Nuremberg) for the Edutainment Zone at Sensapolis, Sindelfingen / Germany