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)
"What is the differnence between an embryonic, an adult and an induced pluripotent stem cell?”
In cooperation with Fraunhofer IZI Leipzig we are participating in the competition for the award “Wissenschaft interaktiv” 2012.
In 2009 Jörg Rogalla, managing director of Maximilianpark GmbH Hamm, relaunched an idea that first came up in 2001: To add an interactive exhibition to the famous park with the huge glass elephant. While in 2001 Axel Hüttinger, Claus Laemmle and Jochen Hunger teamed up to propose an open ended "workshop of bionics" within the centrel building for electric power, in 2009 the focus had changed.
How will it be possible to imply the local industry and the newly opened university for logistics and economics into the evolution of the park? "Science@maxi" is the answer; a conceptual study that considers local know how as driving force and inspiration for an embedded science center – all business is local, isn't it?
(Lately it seems that in the land of Nordrhein Westfalen "kids' labs" grow like mushrooms in every school. New projects will have to prove that they substantially add something to the landscape of "understanding science" ventures…)
Liaoning Science and Technology Museum, Liaoning/China, 2012
“Creation and Experience” – the story begins with fire and the roots of cultural techniques, tells about the dissemination of scholarship and technical achievements and ends with the technical and social challenges of today and tomorrow.
Working for (and with) Hüttinger we developed the concept for this wide-ranged exhibition in the new built Science and Technology Museum of Liaoning. The exhibition will open to public end 2013.
Dimension: ca. 4 000 m²
Visuals: Jörg Hoffmann, Holger Sturm, Jens Bendig
Science City competition ETH Zurich
International competition on sustainable development, ETH Zurich, 2006
In early 2006 the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology arranged a competition in which pluridisciplinary teams were asked to describe how an university campus should look like in a globalized world of science. Quite programmatically, the title of our submission was "Know how becomes currency". The idea was that knowledge, circulating in the heads of people living in the Greater Zurich Area, could be assigned a value as it was transferred to knowledge-accounts. From where it started to circulate. You pay for knowledge you need with knowledge you have – and EVERYBODY has some piece of know-how to put on the market…
Coming back to those ideas today, in times of economic crises, is somehow exciting.
How come that we are still attracted to simplify life by eliminating money?!
The members of our team were: Martina Eberle, Designer / Zurich; Wilhelm Klauser, Architect / Berlin; Peter Neudert, Interior architect / Erlangen, Horst Konietzny, director / Munich, Nadine Druschel, Communication designer / Frankfurt and Jochen Hunger (here in the role of illustrating funny to abstract ideas)...
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
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
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
Architecture: EMI house, Hamburg
Renovation of a 1900 villa, Hamburg Eimsbüttel, 2005-2006
Architecture – for friends only. This could almost be the motto concerning the architectural activities of the office. We build only rarely, but when we do, it is with dedication. Based on the design of architect Barbara Sellwig, we underlined the pure forms of an urban villa in Hamburg. New openings in the roof and an additional glazed staircase on the garden side adjusted the building to the needs of a family of four, a hundred years after it was built.
Total budget: about 360 k EUR
Surface: about 400 sq.m.
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
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
The temporary Museum of Creativity, Erlangen, April 2011
Curiosity fosters enterprise. New tools make for different products. And Do-it-yourself now is spelled Do-it-with-others!
During a fortnight, in April 2011 the inhabitants of the Nuremberg metropolitan region were invited to test their individual design ideas using 3d-plotters, lasercutters, transfer-presses, laptops, sewing machines, and paints, building blocks and flying objects. This is how the temporary museum of creativity saw the light of day. It is nor museum or science centre, nor fab-lab or hands-on exhibition – it is simply in the air.
We are amongst the happy ones to have initiated ICH KANN! – and are looking forward to new ventures in the interspace.
Initiative ICH KANN!:
Markus Edgar Hormeß, Jochen Hunger, Michael Niqué, Katarina Poetzsch-Meinhardt, Berndt Richter and Frank Seiferlein
Lara Dade, Moira Drexler, Mona Graafmann, Sophia Herold, Carolin Hofer, Matthias Kutsch, Constanze Mareike, Hanna Oberle, Friederike Rasper, Claudia Schnupp, Britta Speer, Markus Stoll
Budget: 55 k EUR (13 TEUR public funding, the rest private & personal sponsoring)
Surface: 380 m2
"Il museo del mito" – Maserati museum and birthplace of Enzo Ferrari in Modena, competition, 2005
Eight European teams are invited in 2004 by the Fondazione Casa Natale di Enzo Ferrari and the city of Modena to participate in a competition. The subject: The life of Enzo Ferrari and the myth of the brand Maserati. Although the charismatic entrepreneur from Modena and the brand under the trident crossed their ways several times, the two rested contrasting.
Reason enough for us to treat them differently: An enormous three-dimensional fresque made of photos, hommages of artists, as well as the recollections of prominent "Ferraristi" illustrate the life of Enzo Ferrari. Maserati comes to life through series of projections onto transparent screens everywhere in the air. The original cars can be discovered on the floor. Lighting links them to the show of images displayed above.
Stéphane Moullet did the visuals, Sylvain Roca built the architectural model
Structural engineering: Aran Chadwick (Atelier one, London)
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
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
ICH KANN! Will be presented at Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation, 6.-8. december 2011, Cologne
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
Between 2000 and 2004 our office was situated in Berlin.
Naturally we couldn't refrain from thinking about improving this wonderful city …
The aim of these three project sketches is to provide food for thought and to stimulate the somehow stuck up discussion of the "bourgeois" centre of the city around and on Schlossplatz.
How to present the huge non-European collections of the Foundation of Prussian cultural property (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz) on only 1.400 sq.m.? In an L-shaped wing of the castle that will be re-constructed, only precisely choosen originals will be exposed. Like on a stage, the objects will be interchanged continuosly according to contexts of the "play" that will be given. Meanwhile, first-time visitors to Berlin take a stroll on the museum skywalk that takes them virtually to each of the important museums of the city. The great variety and secret life of the museums gets in the focus of the public.
The city of Berlin has a long tradition of producing and promoting its giant construction sites. The BerlinProjektor's intention is to mark the building site of the Berlin Castle that will be re-erect in the years to come. BerlinProjektor will be a point of orientation for visitors and a carousel for everybody, enhanced by audiovisual media creating links between the past, the present and future of Berlin.
Client: Stadtschloss Berlin Initiative e.V.
Surface: 1.700 sq.m.
Budget: 4,8 million EUR
The H-UFO (Humboldt Forum Berlin, 2005)
This museum is thought to be like a machine that creates unusual links between the exhibits of the non-European collections of the Prussian Cultural Heritage. It can be used by intuition, no signs are needed to discover the visual and cultural richness between the four poles Life / Death / Fear and Hope.
The simplicity stems from introducing two distinct principles of circulation: Downwards from above means moving in parallel to the axis of time into the past, whereas moving from the centre to the periphery means a shift from the significant and spectacular to the ever more sophisticated.
The 60.000 sq.m. needed to display the collections are grouped on eight floors, the round building with a large central court should be situated on Marx-Engels Forum, in the heart of the city.
Sebastian Burmester (Berlin) did a series of rather atmospherical visualisations of that concept.
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
ICH KANN! participates at „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Nürnberg-Fürth-Erlangen“, saturday 22.10.2011, 6-1 p.m.
Architektur: Building for industry / The Hilti years
What's the actuality here? Learning by doing is a priceless experience… Between 1993 and 1997 there was much opportunity to learn the tricks of the (building) trade, managing building projects for the Hilti AG (Liechtenstein).
During that period the Hilti group developed its new German headquarter in record time. There were tasks of every size and in a wide range: From a 10.000 sq.m. office building to a restaurant for the staff, a gatehouse and various infrastructural projects.
Hilti Germany shaped its new face investing around 20 million EUR. The lesson(s) learnt? Take the client seriously – at least as seriously as you take yourself…
External architects: Henn Architekten, Munich; Kratz & Partner, Kaufering; Klaus Beuth Architekt, Landsberg.
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
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!
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
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
"Beerba", Bar-Restaurant in Turin, 2005
The different varieties of beer and its many colours were the inspiration for the design of a bar-restaurant in Turin. That reflects the ever-growing popularity of this beverage in the south of Europe. 160 guests at one time are invited to discover the diversity of beer with all of their senses. There are video-windows showing a meditation an what one can see in a glass of beer, and a collection of artists‘ sculptures made of beer cans and bottles – we are sure that the time of waiting for the next glass will pass quickly.
City of a 1000 Adventures, Stuttgart-Sindelfingen, June 2008
In the summer of 2007 we were asked by investor Alexander Schreibeisen jr. if we could realize the planned fairy-tale castle for “Sensapolis”, the first indoor attraction combining sports, fun, fantasy and science. A rare and appealing opportunity to take a walk to the borders of imagination. In a team of ten we designed throne hall, bibliothèque (with flying books), ballroom (with interactive dancers) and an interactive Portrait gallery, because we found that Drachlingen Castle should have its Royals... Meanwhile, they’re on the internet and soon the diary of Princess Livia will go in print.
Budget: 1,2 MIO EUR
Surface: 1100 m²
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!
The Venezia project, Stuttgart – Venice, 1986-1987
Inspired by pioneers of lightweight construction like Frei Otto and Buckminster Fuller, we *) studied the use of a “natural” sedimentation process based on electrolysis in salt water.
The process allows to obtain solid structures which, this was our thesis, could be used to rescue the slowly sinking city.
On location, the project was supported by the Cnr (Consiglio nazionale della ricerca). Its actuality today? It still is a symbol for an ideal mix of science, technique, art and playful event – ingredients of everything successful we did…
*) Finn Geipel, Bernd Hoge, Jochen Hunger
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
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
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
AUDI Pavilion Autostadt – re-attraction, Wolfsburg, 2003
1,5 million people had already seen François Confino’s Audi Pavilion in 2002, when Audi decided to adapt the experience of visitors of the Audi Pavilion in Volkswagen’s brandland to the dynamically evolving image of the brand. The already once successful team, this time under the eyes of Audi’s chief designer Walter da' Silva, revive the exhibition area touching two thirds of the total 2.100 sq.m. and convert their ideas into reality taking only 27 days for construction on site. The total budget is 2 million EUR.
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
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
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
Hotel Three Raven, Nuremberg, 2000
Emperor Barbarossa, Eppelein (a local robbing knight with an extraordinarily gifted horse), the first railway line of Germany and the legendary football teams of 1.FCN – among the myths of the city of Nuremberg, Jochen Hunger had a rich choice of themes for the redesign of “Drei Raben” (Three Raven), a charming hotel situated just at the entrance to the medieval centre of the city.
The choice was to bring the reddish sandstone which is so characteristic for the famous Castle of Nuremberg right into the guests’ rooms. The boundary between bathroom and bed becomes blurred, and despite some rough surfaces there is much cosiness thanks to an array of warm colours used.
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
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).
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
AUDI Pavillon Autostadt, Wolfsburg, 2000
In 1998 Jochen Hunger joins french scenographer François Confino to conceive and carry out Audi’s brand pavilion in Volkswagen’s brandland "Autostadt", in Wolfsburg / Germany.
On a total surface of 2.100 sq.m. the pavilion shows the genuine style of Audi which has for that purpose been transformed to the loft-like home of an idealized couple of Audi enthousiasts. TIME magazine estimates it to be the best of the six brand pavilions in Autostadt, and 1 million visitors a year convince themselves of this judgement. The total budget for the turnkey project is 5 million EUR (architecture not included).
Time Magazine: "...just down the autobahn in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen has built a theme park that is drawing twice as many visitors as expected. Conceived as a place for VW customers to pick up their new cars ...it quickly grew into the EuroDisney of the automobile. The most popular attraction: The AUDI Pavilion, the home of a typical Audi-owning couple, complete with big screen TV showing AUDI ads."
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.
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)
"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.
DaimlerChrysler LAB.01, Tour in Europe / Hanover 1999 – 2000
In 1997 I had the chance to become a member of the team that shaped the contribution of DaimlerChrysler to EXPO 2000 in Hanover. As a messenger of the world exhibition, LAB.01 travelled, between July 1999 and April 2000, through seven big cities in Europe offering sophisticated but also funny man-machine interfaces, mainly aimed at kids and young people. The two storey building radiated the spirit of discovery and orientated itself materialwise towards the protecting shelters of expeditions. The overall budget was around 8 million EUR, without travelling costs.
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.
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