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Creation and Experience

Liaoning Science and Technology Museum, Liaoning/China, 2012

"Creation and Experience" is the title of this exhibition which comprises 136 interactive exhibits, and which aims to cover the broad range of human inventions from fire to solar power plants, and from submarines to satellites.
Working for and with our partner Hüttinger (Schwaig, Germany) the concept for this exhibition was developed within nine months, including an international competition in the beginning. The exhibition is part of the new built Science and Technology Museum of Liaoning province, in the city of Shenyang. It is scheduled to open to the public in 2014.

Dimension: ca. 4 000 m²
Visuals: Jörg Hoffmann, Holger Sturm, Jens Bendig

Life of things

Fraunhofer ISC, Würzburg, Germany, 2012

The Fraunhofer ISC is doing intensive research at future sources of raw materials: urban mines. Those “future mines” can be found in all disused electrical devices of our daily life. Disused electrical devices contain gold, silver, copper, noble earths and other raw materials.
“Life of things” invites visitors for treasure hunting in devices like a screwdriver, a food processor or a smartphone.

Budget: about 14 k EUR
Dimension: 150 x 100 x 90 cm

Lab-on-a-Chip:Tumordiagnostics

Fraunhofer ISC, Würzburg/Germany, 2011

ISC, the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research in Würzburg is developing a credit card sized lab-on-a-chip for tumor diagnostics. As everything happens on nano-scale, smallest amounts of blood yield reliable results. Unfortunately nobody will ever see how this masterpiece of medical instrument really works. It is too small! Hence we developed an interactive exhibit for ISC which playfully illustrates the process. As part of a touring exhibition (Neue Wege in der Medizin) it can be seen in 33 German cities.

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

Budget: about 11 k EUR
Dimension: 90x70x185 cm

Light Zone

Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw/Poland, 2010

In Light Zone visitors encounter electromagnetic waves in all of their facets - and in the context of a detective story! The exhibition space is quite elongated, and shrouded in darkness. Fabric walls, printed black and white, turn it into a walk-in Comic-Noir where the good (detective Viktor Foton) hunts the bad (ex-scientist Arseniusz Cron). Based on the exhibition script by theoretical physicist (!) Lukasz Badowski and together with the inspired people from Hüttinger we developed a dramatic set, using vintage-furniture and props for the first time as basic parts of interactive exhibits.
The tender was awarded in the spring of 2008 and Light Zone opened in November 2010. It is one of the six galleries within Centrum Nauki Kopernik. Director Robert Firmhofer counted 400.000 visitors in the first six months!

Budget: 600 TEUR
Surface: 360 m²

Roots of Civilization

Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw/Poland, 2010

Can the story of civilization be told merely using interactive exhibits? Axel Hüttinger, who had been awarded the contract to design & build the exhibition in autumn of 2007 asked us to develop the scenography and to participate in the content development of Roots of Civilization.
After three years of intense cooperation with scientists, artists and technicians, the exhibition opened in November 2010. More than seventy exhibits (partly originals) offer a panoramic view on the milestones of science & technology, mathematics, philosophy & law, and language.
Only six months from the opening, CNK's director Robert Firmhofer and his team could count 400.000 visitors!

Budget: 1,6 Mio EUR
Surface: 900 m²

Slovenian Museum of Natural History

Exhibition concept
Slovenian Museum of Natural History, Ljubljana/Slovenia, 2010
Competition entry, second prize (a first prize wasn't awarded)

In July 2010, the Slovenian Museum of Natural History launched an open competition, looking for an exhibition concept that would suit its planned new construction near the Botanical Gardens of Ljubljana. The focus was set on unconventional and efficient solutions using classical and contemporary exhibition technology.
Working for (and with) Hüttinger we developed both stimulating settings for the different collections (incorporating traditional and interactive exhibits), and a new type of museum encounter. In the so called expert zone, scientists and visitors meet each other amongst accessible storage spaces full of specimen and open labs with research tools. For the first time visitors get the full look and feel of the museum!

E.T. Toulouse 2009

Cité de l'espace, Toulouse, Competition, October 2009

Cité de l'espace, situated in the south-west of France, again and again manages to combine serious science with good entertainment. Competing for the scenographic design of the forthcoming exhibition "E.T. – Extraterrestres (Aliens)" we imagined, together with our friends from Hüttinger and graphic artist Katrin Geiss, how a potential visit of Aliens to the Cité must have looked like.
(Illustrations by Britta Speer / Jh and Jörg Walther / Hüttinger)

We were really inspired by the nice topical triad of "living beings on earth / life elsewhere / meeting the alien" proposed by la Cité, but french colleague Olivier Ferracci seemingly was even more…he was selected.
Cité – your concepts are intriguing, and one day we will work for you!

Neandertal hunting

Museum Domherrenhaus, Verden/Aller, 2009

The Historical Museum of Verden (Germany) holds one of the oldest wooden weapons of mankind: a 40 000 year old spear. It was found stuck in the fossilized bones of an elephant. We brought the hunt alive using a LED video projection system inside a Neandertal figure, 3D sound and an illusionist wall painting. The face and mimics were created digitally.

As it was a presumably a group hunt which afforded communication amongst the hunters, the brief called for a Neandertal “speak” with its proper syntax. Experts helped to define the degree of freedom our actors could apply for this.

Budget: 36 TEUR
Surface: around 25 m²

500 years Johannes Calvin

Huguenots' church, Erlangen, 2009

Twenty sails, puffed out by the heavy winds of the Protestant Reformation and labeled with short citations of Johannes Calvin. The headlines of the twenty posters refer to chapters in an illustrated reader to be consulted nearby.

The presentation opens doors to a mighty life's work, adapting Calvin's style: exiguity of concern, brevity of verbalization, sobriety of appearance. No images –metaphors only.

A low-tech-high-impact project which lends its success not least to an intense collaboration within the Calvin circle around "landlord" Johannes Mann.

Estimated costs: around 5 k EUR
Surface: 150 m²

Nature Unleashed: Famous Storms

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, 2008

We were commissioned “Famous storms” in October, 2007. It is part of the touring exhibition “Nature unleashed” which openend in May 2008, in Chicago.

The touch screen application uses selected examples of storms to show how human activity affects the desastrous outcomes of storms.

Investment, size of an order: 15 k EUR

Séismes et volcans

Palais de la Découverte, Paris, 2007

An interactive scientific exhibition about volcanoes, earthquakes and the dynamics at the center of the earth.

True experiments taken from scientist’s labs, around thirty interactive exhibits and strong scenographic images are blended for an instructive adventure in the footprints of volcanologists and geologists.

Together with Hüttinger GmbH & Co KG who won the “design and build” contract in the end of 2006 we spent nine months "on top of volcanoes"… The exhibition openend in October 2007 – an intense work with scientists and the cellule de renovation from the Palais de la decouverte preceded it.

Conceived in a modular way it currently travels the French world, parts of it will be integrated later into the permanent galleries.

Budget: 310 k EUR
Surface: 250 m²

Collapse

"Collapse?", Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2005

In his recent book, Californian biologist Jared Diamond proposes that there are only five factors determining whether a civilisation will survive or vanish, as did the Maya or Anasazi Indians in America despite the advanced means they had developed to survive. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County asked Confino Hunger S.a.r.l. to translate Diamond’s account into an exhibition, for a budget of 1,5 million USD.

“Collapse?” opened in spring 2005. The exhibition extends itself over 700 sq.m. and has been designed transport-friendly, so Jared Diamond’s proposals in view of a globalized planet with a history can be experienced also outside the U.S.