The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), in Basel is opening its doors for ten days to mark its 90th anniversary: for the first time, the public can enter the tower, which is not otherwise open to the public.
The exhibition “BIS 90 Years” uses various media and interactive educational formats to show the role of the Bank for International Settlements in the global financial system from its founding in 1930 to the present day.
In the entrance area, visitors are greeted by the “We are BIS” station: various employees are portrayed on portrait-format 86” screens.
Long LED strips, reminiscent of the readouts at the stock exchanges, use animated graphics and text to point the way to the exhibition area on the first floor.
A kinetic wall installation vividly conveys the “Money Time Index.” 52 clocks are labeled with city names and represent the different countries. The speed of each clock is relative to the purchasing power of the currency there; the clock hand moves faster or slower depending on how many minutes you have to work in that country to buy the same commodity.
At one particularly popular station, the public is able to print out a very personal (fictitious) banknote. Using a touch screen, various elements can be assembled and even the visitor’s own photo can be placed on the note. In the process, visitors learn about the various elements and categories that constitute a banknote. A double projection strikingly shows the flow of money and credit between countries. Push buttons allow the audience to focus on times of crisis, such as the Asian crisis (1997-1998) or the great financial crisis of 2007-2009. When a speciffic selection is pressed, the animated world map shows the movements and effects of the selected crisis during that time.
After stepping on a foot switch, four large-format screens show videos that focus on risk and stability in the financial world or on the future of money.
The touch screen station “BIS by Numbers” shows different colored fields with numbers. When visitors tap one, contextual information about it – various static information about the history of BIS – is displayed.
Other media stations shed further light on the financial market and the history of BIS.
On the second floor, visitors are invited to take a pair of 3D glasses, with the old red and a green lenses, and explore the various stations. With the aid of the glasses, they can see both sides of a projection; while one side shows a day in the life of a banker, the other depicts the development of BIS.
There is also a large semi-transparent model of the BIS tower in the room, which is accompanied by a table projection. Visitors can explore the past and present of BIS through the interactive projection. The installation provides a lively interactive experience that conveys an appreciation of BIS through its relationship to the world and vice versa.
Finally, the visit to the top floor of the tower is a must-see highlight. The 18th floor offers a spectacular panoramic view of Basel and the region. The ticketing system for the pandemic, which limited capacity in the elevator was also programmed by Tweaklab.
Tweaklab was responsible for the media planning, the programming, as well as the installation of the entire exhibition.
Location: BIS Tower Basel
Duration of the exhibition: 26.10.- 04.11.2021