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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

Anatomy lessons

Down to the Bone

Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht (NL)

The ‘Down to the Bone’ exhibition tells the story of the vertebrates and highlights how man has learnt more about himself by studying animals. The university’s rich historic collection of medical educational objects is made visible by this spectacular presentation.

Location
Utrecht (NL)
Client
Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht
Year
2014
Surface
240 m2
Status
Temporary
Role
Concept, Spatial design, Graphic design
Team
Matt Vermeulen (lead), Herman Kossmann, Remco Swart, Sietske Sips
Hands-on interactives
Ineke Puijk
Light design
HeinzLoopstra
Film
Thorsten Alofs
Construction
Iris Vormgeving BV
Theatricality

To create a wondrous world of education and science, the display has been given the character of a depot; in it an overwhelming array of prepared samples, skeletons, stuffed animals, but also educational models, test equipment and wonderful wall plates. A monumental tower of racks, filled with skeletons of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and humans in the stairwell functions as a preamble to the exhibition. A theatrical play with light and shadow surrounds visitors ascending the stairs to the first floor. Their shadow merges dramatically with those of the animals, whose have taken on the proportions of dinosaurs. This sets the tone for an exhibition that is all about the understanding that man is an animal too.

Thematic structure

A wall collage of modern and historic photographs of medical education at the university contextualises the subsequent elements of the presentation. The exhibition space is turned into a true treasure trove. It is a depot filled to the brim with racks that have been organised thematically: skeleton, teeth, heart, procreation, digestive system and skin & hair. Clipboard in hand, visitors are guided along diverse topics through clear signage.

Interactivity

The layered stories not only highlight the historical objects, but also pay attention to modernity. Specially compiled short films offer the visitor a unique mini lecture for each topic by a professor or a scientist. In addition Kossmanndejong has designed simple, fun and educational hands-on interactives for the younger visitors. Children can for instance learn how to find a cavity in a tooth like a real dentistry student, or they can save a dog from asphyxiation like a vet. Moreover, everyone can ‘put their head in formaldehyde’, have it photographed and share it via the museum’s website on social media.