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WELCOME TO THE BACKSTAGE

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Very slowly, the new 'inside' of the east wing of Het Loo Palace is becoming visible. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:06 by Robin Schijfs

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Last trip before Corona Lockdown: Usomo from Berlin calibrating their audio tracking system in the Polder of Texel next to the bunker. Torn Island

22.06.2020 at 10:32 by Michel de Vaan

How to become invisible? Prototyping together with WeTheCurious at Bruns Project What If

17.03.2020 at 15:33 by Ina Meininghaus

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Prototyping a rainbow crystal sphere for one of the new exhibit constellations at WeTheCurious. Project What If

12.03.2020 at 09:51 by Ina Meininghaus

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Brainstorm sessions United Arab Emirates Pavilion

10.02.2020 at 14:58 by Alejandra Calderon

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Imagining a new interactive in Al Ain Oasis! House of Artisans

10.02.2020 at 14:46 by Alejandra Calderon

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Torn Island

Bunker at Texel, De Cocksdorp (NL)

Step into a decisive moment in the story of the Georgian Uprising in WOII. You are transported into the minds of Georgian soldiers and Texel civilians who are discussing a change of tactics after a failed uprising: from now on it’s every man for himself. Listen to the echo of a past that divides the island until today. The narrative sets in a bunker that is rustic, raw and where the walls have their own stories to tell.

Location
Texel (NL)
Client
Aviation & War Museum Texel
Year
2020
Surface
400 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, Spatial Design, Graphic Design, Art-direction, Light Design
Team
Michel de Vaan, Sietske Sips, Anna Maria Versloot, Jikke van Giffen
Content development and project management
VIND Fundraising
Sound system and spatial sound production
usomo by FRAMED immersive projects
Build
Fiction Factory
Construction
Volunteers of the Aviation & War Museum Texel
Direction
Tom Hofland, Pascal van Hulst
WALK A MILE IN A SOLDIER’S BOOTS

We leave you to be the judge – at the end of your visit, you will be left with the questions of right and wrong in this conflict. There are no explanatory texts, no beginning or end. This is not a quintessential exhibition – the physical structure is left almost bare. Each sculptural element represents a dialogue in the story. They connect the audio to the environment. While you listen, you get a glimpse in the minds of the characters involved, and are challenged to consider their perspectives.

AN AUDIO DRAMA UNFOLDING IN SPACE

This project gave us the chance to experiment with storytelling using only sound. We chose to make it a truly spatial experience by using a multi-dimensional sound system. Because of very precise geo-tracking you will not only hear different dialogues but will also hear changes in direction and volume depending on where you step. We collaborated with professional actors, podcast-makers and a spatial AV specialist to create a spatial audio drama that feels authentic. It is enhanced by a soundscape of singing soldiers, seagulls, and distant shelling.

LEAVING THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE SPACE INTACT

The structure of the bunker is left bare for the imagination to run free. The ceiling and walls show signs of the horse shed and graffiti spot for teenagers it used to be. Only the red Padouk wooden floor and sculptural, hands-on elements are added. They keep you physically engaged while you listen. There is no added scenography other than the red lighting, reminding you of communism or the blood that was spilled.

When you only work with audio you really trigger people’s imagination

Michel de Vaan

Lead Designer - KDJ