Visitor groups of up to 12 people can come face to face with seemingly unstoppable climate change in the Climate Dome at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Virtual reality installation at trade fairs for groups
A virtual reality experience takes them to Madagascar, a country particularly affected by the effects of global warming and one of BMZ’s priority areas. Wearing VR goggles in a 360-degree video, visitors can get a first-hand impression of the living conditions and challenges faced by the people of Madagascar. As well as seeing and hearing how the inhabitants of this African island nation are coping with climate change, they can feel the heat and dry air of the steppe or the cool sea breeze on the coast. Visitors can smell the dry soil and herds of cattle searching for scarce water supplies, and the salty, fishy smell of the coast. You are riding a motorbike through a local market, past stalls selling spices and vegetables. Inside the 360-degree climate dome, the journey to Madagascar feels very real. It is easy for visitors to forget that they are actually at an exhibition stand for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. In any case, they are likely to remember their five-minute adventure trip.
Experience climate change multisensory in VR
Our partner company Super an der Spree was commissioned by the BMZ to create this multi-sensory adventure. It looks like an airy globe from the outside and can accommodate up to 12 people inside. At the entrance to the dome, visitors are fitted with specially prepared Oculus Go VR headsets. They sit in swivel chairs that allow them to turn in all directions and experience different perspectives. The olfactory and tactile sensations are generated by a ‘climate tower’ at the centre of the dome, designed by Garamantis. A presenter uses a tablet PC to control the 360-degree video, which plays synchronously on up to 30 VR headsets. The film was shot in Madagascar specifically for the ministry and produced for the mobile climate dome. There are already plans for further uses of the installation and more videos, as the Climate Dome attracted long queues at the BMZ stand during its premiere at the IdeenExpo trade fair in Hanover. Photos: Super an der Spree