"Smart World", "Code Lab" & "World on the Net"

Touch the digital world


Three exhibition areas for the world’s largest computer museum

For the largest computer museum in the world, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn, Archimedes has designed three new exhibition areas. On around 500 square metres, they show the profound influence of digitisation on our lives. Visitors can learn programming, experience the history of the Internet interactively and get a feeling of how smart our world has become.

In the so-called “Code Lab”, 49 lucky cats teach visitors the basics of programming. Smart World” deals with the question of how “smart” our world really is: visitors can find out how the Internet of things works, how cities and factories of the future could look like, which invisible sensors are hidden in smartphones and much more. With forward-looking, interactive augmented reality and virtual reality exhibits, visitors can experience how the technological progress influences our lives and what potential goes along with it. In the “World on the Net”, visitors can see milestones in the history of the Internet on an 11m long and 3m high “Internet Wall”.

The scenography of the exhibition – as colourful and lively as the real world – represents a clear contrast to the sometimes “cool” world of technology. The broad spectrum of possibilities offered by digital life is made accessible in the form of everyday productions. The multifaceted scenography therefor opens up the topic to target groups with little affinity to technology and remains in the visitor’s memory through striking images. The exhibition’s user experience is also characteristic: visitors are not instructed, but rather decide for themselves what is “smart” and what is not.  

Client: Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn Exhibition Space: Three exhibitions on 500 m² Opening: 29 October 2016 Languages: German | English Opening Times: Tues-Fri 09.00-18.00h, Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00h.

More Information: https://www.hnf.de/en/home.html 

Facts & Figures

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn

Waving Cats
Square metres
Haphazard turtles
Interactive Stationes
colourful LED-tiles
Webcam coffee maker
Projekt Highlight

The Lucky Cat

Pop Culture meets Science

The challenge: teach the fundamentals of programming – without screens or displays. For this Archimedes designed and produced an exhibit with 49 lucky cats. With physical coding blocks, visitors can create chains of commands that make the cats dance. Sensors check the programming instructions for correct syntax – if the chain of command is correct, the cats execute the desired program and begin to wave and turn. Visitors can directly hear, feel and of course see the results of their work. Sophisticated choreographies provide visitors with immediate feedback on what impacts their program instructions have, giving them a direct understanding of how programming works.