Paper Planes and Rubber Twist

Computer easily explained at Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Papierflieger und Gummitwist im Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Papierflieger und Gummitwist im Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Exhibition | Science Centre

Algorithms, binary systems, pixels – computers can appear incredibly complex and difficult to comprehend. However, many processes in our daily lives operate under the same patterns. At the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn, the temporary exhibition “Paper Planes and Rubber Twist” allows curious visitors to decode the abstract world of zeros and ones through playful activities. Through 25 interactive stations, visitors can engage in puzzles, hopping, and tinkering. With humor and interactivity, both children and adults can acquire valuable fundamental knowledge about the topic.

Discover the inside of a computer
At the “input device portal”, visitors choose their entrance and immerse themselves inside a computer. They are greeted by components personified as cool characters. They can take on the role of a processor and coordinate a sudden message. For this fun roleplay, we designed a large, creative control center.

Computer science at the ice cream parlour
1, 2, 3, and again! Bouncing through a sequence of jumps in a rubber twist symbolizes an algorithm, a sock puzzle illustrates computer searches, and the logical principles of AND, OR, NOT are understood through choosing ice cream flavors. These everyday examples allow visitors to connect with abstract technical processes. Archimedes has transformed many of the curator’s great ideas into crisp, interactive exhibits.

Colorful, bold and analogue
The colorful, comic-style scenography motivates visitors to engage, and despite the theme, the exhibition doesn’t rely on elaborate technology. Furthermore, all scenographic elements are constructed from Re-Board, a recycled high-quality cardboard that is sustainable in terms of production, construction, and logistics.

Format: Special Exhibition | Client: HNF Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum GmbH | Exhibition area: 800 sqm | Duration: October 2022 – January 2023 | Languages: German | Our services: Conceptualization, scenography, graphic design, exhibit development, interaction design, exhibition architecture & construction