The many owners of Werdenberg castle have left us a legacy of their personal architectural preferences in the form of building extensions, additions of stories, window breakouts and overpaintings. In the High Middle Ages the castle was built to secure the passage into the Toggenburg area; during Romanticism it was established as a bourgeois residency and in the past decades it has turned into a culture castle. This unique story of building history and society is being examined in a vivid and location-focused exhibition.
Media technical planning, programming and installing of the exhibition was implemented by Tweaklab. Two mechanical shadow plays, which are projected directly onto the brick walls, relate the story of counts, knights and damsels. Through several visual levels and soundtracks of the light- and shadow-play historical events come to life.
Tweaklab was responsible for programming the show control, the individual start-up process via wireless switches, DMX-control of the light, installation of the entire media technology as well as for the 5-channel audio installations. The shadow plays are driven by several stepping motors.
Another mechanical show illustrates the architectural history of the place. A three-dimensional model of the castle takes centre stage in this presentation. Individual parts of the structure are piled up from the ceiling onto a topographical heap of stones by six stepping motors. This station illustrates in a very impressive way how the castle has changed in the course of the centuries. To start up the show wireless switches are employed here too. Additional historical contents are conveyed through the soundtrack and the light show. Furthermore a DMX-control accentuates historical architecture-related developments on the brick walls. The custom-built mechanical systems were developed by Kornel Vogt from Basel.
Furthermore, there are various sound installations to discover at the museum. For instance doors begin to creak, water faucets of bath tubs start dripping and in the treasure chest you can hear the jangling of gold coins.
An additional media station is assigned for documenting in-house events. It informs the visitors about the annual “Schlossmediale”. Beyond that, Tweaklab was commissioned to re-install a permanent work by Pipilotti Rist.
New permanent exhibition starting 01.04.2015, open during season