The Klosterhalbinsel not only attracts visitors with its many diverse gardens, but also explores the interplay of the themes of knowledge, power and faith in a sensitive and precise way in its new exhibitions.
In the Parlatorium, where people have been allowed to speak even in monastic times, knowledge and faith are still discussed today. One hundred questions – collected by students of the Cantonal School Wettingen – are available on readily available hanging boards in the room. Visitors select a board with a question and embark on a journey of discovery. At the first media station, “Comments,” personal notes on the question can be stored digitally. As soon as the question board, which is equipped with an RFID tag, is placed on a scanning field, a dialog box appears on the touchscreen. Here, the personal thoughts are now recorded in text, and they can be read immediately on the portrait-format screen together with the comments that have already been created.
At the research station, the visitors meet people who have been selected by the students to answer the respective question. Here, too, the question board is placed on a specific field and the corresponding interview starts automatically.
The “Sharing” station is a selfie station. You can handwrite your own question on a board or select an existing question board. This then becomes part of the selfie. Here, too, the board is first placed on a specific field to start the camera and a photo is triggered using a foot switch. The photos are then displayed on three portrait monitors. On these touch monitors all the selfies that have been created can be filtered by year, gender and #, all of which describe an emotional state.
Once at the Observatory, the journey leads through the history of knowledge and faith in a cinematic installation. Together with the students, images from archives and the World Wide Web are used to depict and examine how the world was imagined in cave paintings and cartographies, right up to the great challenges of the information society.
Visitors are also immersed in the history of the Abbey itself. On a 3-way synchronized video projection with wireless headphones the summer residency with the “Gnädig-Herren-Garten” is presented.
Tweaklab was commissioned with the media-technical planning, implementation of the RFID technology, its integration into the database and programming, as well as the installation.
Conception: ImRaum, Parlatorium and Observatory in co-authorship with the students, Kantonsschule Wettingen
Film in the observatory: Video Noir
Film in the abbey and screen design: Berrel Gschwind
Permanent exhibition from 09.04.2022