Beethoven House Bonn
In 2019 Beethoven House Bonn re-built their exhibition from the ground up to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. We implemented interactive exhibits to communicate Beethoven’s life and work.
CONCEPT & DESIGN
SOFTWARE & ANIMATION
Holzer Kobler Architekturen
David Ertl, courtesy of Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Beethoven House maintains a large selection of original documents and artefacts that give a unique perspective on Beethoven's work as well as his daily life and relationships. The manuscripts shed light onto how he would construct his masterpieces, what he'd eat and drink and how he coped with gradually losing his ability to hear.
In creating digital exhibits we were able to bring the documents to life while adhering to conservational regulations.
This application features two friendship albums in which Beethoven’s social circle compiled when he left Bonn for Vienna. The original pages can be overlaid with transcriptions providing context.
Shopping with Beethoven
Beethoven and his housekeeper shared a contentious relationship. He exercised a lot of control over the shopping process and checked records scrupulously. This becomes evident in looking at his Haushaltsbuch.
Our animation brings to life the interaction between Beethoven and his housekeeper.
Instant Messaging 1818
Long before the word chat was associated with short written exchanges, Beethoven, by now hard of hearing, carried around a book to carry out conversations with his contemporaries. We animated some of these chats, quoting the interface paradigms of modern day social media.
The Bodmer Collection
Beethoven House features a dimly lit treasure chamber where the most delicate of manuscripts are on display. For this special room we created an animated film allowing visitors to experience Beethoven’s creative process through his own eyes. The film features numerous digitally recreated artefacts from the Beethoven House collection.
This was especially challenging as we worked with very high resolution scans and had to manually isolate and animate each blot of ink to create the illusion.
A dedicated room allows visitors to take in a selection of Beethoven's pieces. For each piece we created a sound collage serving as a colorful introduction to illustrate in what context the piece would have been performed and received.