Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a name that stands for the epoch of German Idealism, brilliant philosophical ideas – and extremely complicated writings. Stuttgart’s famous son is honored with a museum in his birth house, the Museum Hegelhaus. As part of the latest redesign, we were commissioned to develop and realize a concept for the very first room of the venue, giving an educational as well as entertaining introduction to the life and thinking of Hegel.
Surrounded by Philosophy
Museum space brought to life
Two additional glass panels with hightech liquid crystal film can be switched from transparent to opaque, i.e. either opening up the space or dividing it into visual compartments while becoming projection screens themselves.
Translating words into Images
A Virtual Stage for real actors
Condensing Hegel’s life and his philosophical theories into a 20 minutes show is not an easy task, even if you stick to just the most important parts. We joined forces with screen writers Nicole Buck and Colin Zech to create a story that takes visitors on a journey, interweaving historical facts, modern-day perceptions and insights into the mind and work of Hegel. This story was then translated into powerful visuals, combining live action and 3D realtime graphics.
To take the step from linear show to dynamic experience, we integrated a new level of cinematic storytelling: visitors become active players and can trigger, control, explore or manipulate interactive elements within the virtual world. Three Kinect Azures track all movements in the room, turning gestures and positions into commands for the realtime projection. The audience is able to tailor the content to their interests and actually dive into Hegel’s world.
Behind the virtual scenes
From experiment to installation
With detailled planning and carefully selected hardware, we were able to equip the space within the protected Hegelhaus with a powerful media infrastructure, blending into the historical architecture.
The visuals were produced in Unreal Engine, using both original imagery like artworks or writings as well as specially produced assets, effects and animations. Thanks to a virtual set-up and a model of the original space, we were able to test visuals, perspectives, interactions and synchronzation carefully beforehand.
During an intesive final phase on site in Stuttgart, we made sure the application runs smoothely and accurately by testing and fine-tuning the last details.
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