Exhibition #GermanyDigital

Interactive Exhibition at Forum of Contemporary History

Located in Bonn on the interim capital’s Museum Mile, the „Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“ (dedicated to the history of the Federal Republic of Germany) is one of Germany’s most popular museums. To its umbrella organization, the Haus der Geschichte Foundation, also belongs the Forum of Contemporary History in Leipzig, where Garamantis now had the opportunity to contribute one of their multi-touch tables to the interactive exhibition #GermanyDigital.

Interactive Exhibition At House of History

The digital revolution has triggered a radical, all-encompassing, and irreversible change affecting every aspect of our lives – for better or worse. Apart from all the fascinating novel opportunities the digital world has to offer, its inhabitants also face the challenge of keeping control over their personal information and the risk of data privacy breaches. Opened in May 2022, the new exhibition #DeutschlandDigital takes a look on digital transformation in Germany as a historical process with international references and interrelations. In three separate thematic fields – work and economy, everyday life and privacy, and politics and society – visitors can explore the tremendous possibilities, but also the hazards of this transformation process.

Individual Chip Card Token

As befits the subject, it is a personal chip card handed out to them at the exhibition entrance that grants visitors of the exhibition access to the digital world. Using this, they can, for instance, program a robot, make payments in crypto‑currency, create their own fake news, take and then filter-edit selfies, or try their hands at retro games such as “PacMan”. Every interaction a visitor has with the digital features of the exhibition during his or her stay is saved as data to the smart‑card’s chip and ready for subsequent analyzation at the exit of the exhibition.

Multi‑Touch Scanner Table With A Central Function

For the chip cards’ final data evaluation, Garamantis conceived and designed a multi-touch scanner table that allows up to 4 people at the same time to scan their cards and have the information stored there analyzed. If desired, there they can also create their own “digitalization passport” complete with their photograph and certification of their digital skills. Users can share this passport digitally, but thanks to the table’s built-in printer, they can also take it home in an old-school, analog form. Thus, the visit to the exhibition turns into a sustainable experience.

Garamantis realized this multi-touch table in cooperation with construction experts from Rotes Pferd Designers & Engineers, using semi-transparent and LED backlit acrylate slabs that tie in perfectly with the exhibition’s overall design. Apart from its four integrated card readers, the table possesses a motion/person sensor as well as two printer units to generate the digitalization passports. Garamantis were also in charge of the UI/screen design of the table itself and of all other digital stations inside the exhibition, resulting in an integrated and homogenic design concept running throughout the exhibition.

Visit the Interactive Museum in Leipzig

This innovative exhibition will be open for visitors at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig until the start of October 2022 and subsequently move to its permanent residence in the House of History in Bonn.

Haus der Geschichte

House of history of the Federal Republic of Germany

Project data

  • Client: House of history of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Context: Interactive Exhibition „#GermanyDigital“
  • Umsetzungsdauer: 6 Months
  • Projektabschluss: May 2022
  • Multi-touch scanner table with acrylite table corpus
  • Content Management System
  • Multi-touch software
  • screen design/ UI design for entire exhibition
Ruth Rosenberger

By contributing the exhibition’s screen design and with their conception and implementation of the multi-touch evaluation table, Garamantis have supported the Haus der Geschichte Foundation both actively and with great expertise. From the very start, the team saw right through the technical and the content-related aspects of the complex profile of requirements and specifications and then creatively put them into practice. The collaboration was pleasant and fun.

Dr. Roth Rosenberger, Director of Digital Services, Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation

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