The annual open house day of the German Federal Government in Berlin has a long standing tradition: every year, the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Press Office, as well as all fourteen Federal Ministries open their doors to the citizens for one entire weekend.
In their collaboration with mediapool Garamantis had the chance to interactively co-design the event taking place at the Federal Press Office on Reichstagsufer on 25th and 26th of August 2018.
Two multi‑touch scanner tables gave visitors the opportunity to lay out their wishes and ideas for Europe’s future on analog postcards and then digitize those. The suggestions were displayed on the table and later evaluated content-wise. This installation’s focus was on the playful and participatory approach to politics.
Besides this, there was an interactive EU jigsaw puzzle that could be solved either alone or in teams and in the process provided the players with fundamental information on each country. Visitors visibly enjoyed this playful examination of size, shape and location of the EU member states, and it fueled their ambition.
The tables also displayed the multitude of the Federal Government’s online activities under the motto #HalloPolitik on various social media platforms, as well as a big info map for the open house day with information on all the locations.
Apart from contributing the multi-touch tables, Garamantis also realized an on-stage quiz for two players and one host, in which the players stood at two buzzers and the host behind a presentation screen. The audience followed the actual game with its questions and alternative answer options on a big screen on the stage. Modular blocks of questions and the possibility for the host to directly influence the course of the questions facilitated a stage program fitting for visitors, politicians, and kids as well.