TIME MACHINE

Helv Relics Museum | Wuxi (CN) | 2014

On behalf of ACCIONA Producciones y Diseno, S.A. (APD), we completed a large format, interactive media installation for the Wu Kingdom Helv Relics Museum in Wuxi/China. The completely projected 400 sqm space interactively tells the story of the Kingdom Wu. Visitors are immersed in a 15-minute story about the rise of the Kingdom of Wu during the Spring and Autumn Period between 514-496 BC. We created a unique visual style as a mix of cinematic martial arts scenes shot in Shanghai combined with paint-style animations. The linear storytelling is enhanced with interactive elements that reinforce the visitors’ feeling of being transported back in time, away to King Helv’s coming into power, his fight for hegemony, the victory at the battle of Boju and other great legends of that period. That’s how we think a time machine should work.


Behind the unique experience is a complex network comprising of 22 high-resolution projectors and more than 30 synchronised computers. These process the signals of 14 tracking cameras, generate real-time 2D and 3D graphics and blend them with the pre-produced film footage. To enhance this immersive experience, both sidewalls are fully covered with mirrors. A spatial sound design with more than 30 channels that are connected to the different interactives reinforces the impression. This boundless space immerses the visitors into the legendary world of King Helv.

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On behalf of ACCIONA Producciones y Diseno, S.A. (APD), we completed a large format, interactive media installation for the Wu Kingdom Helv Relics Museum in Wuxi/China. The completely projected 400 sqm space interactively tells the story of the Kingdom Wu. Visitors are immersed in a 15-minute story about the rise of the Kingdom of Wu during the Spring and Autumn Period between 514-496 BC. We created a unique visual style as a mix of cinematic martial arts scenes shot in Shanghai combined with paint-style animations. The linear storytelling is enhanced with interactive elements that reinforce the visitors’ feeling of being transported back in time, away to King Helv’s coming into power, his fight for hegemony, the victory at the battle of Boju and other great legends of that period. That’s how we think a time machine should work.


Behind the unique experience is a complex network comprising of 22 high-resolution projectors and more than 30 synchronised computers. These process the signals of 14 tracking cameras, generate real-time 2D and 3D graphics and blend them with the pre-produced film footage. To enhance this immersive experience, both sidewalls are fully covered with mirrors. A spatial sound design with more than 30 channels that are connected to the different interactives reinforces the impression. This boundless space immerses the visitors into the legendary world of King Helv.

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Credits

A production of TAMSCHICK MEDIA+SPACE GmbH on behalf of ACCIONA PRODUCCIONES Y DISEÑO S.A. (formerly G.P.D. S.A.)
 

CLIENT
Helv Relics Museum
 

LEAD-AGENCY/ SCENOGRAPHY
ACCIONA PRODUCCIONES Y DISEÑO S.A.
 

HARDWARE PLANNING/ TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION
Kraftwerk living technologies GmbH
 

TASKS TMS
creative direction, concept, design, script, storyboard, shooting, editing, motion design, animation, interactive programming, implementation, project management
music, sound design: BLUWI Music and Sounddesign GbR
historical research, client liaison, film production service:
Red Gate International Inc.
 

Creative direction/ Director
Marc Tamschick
 

Project management
Nina Hüskes (Claudia Baumgartner)
 

Production management
Tobias Ziegler (Steffen Armbruster)

Awards

German Design Award 2016, Nominee
Excellent Communications Design

 

Design Lions 2015, Finalist
Non-Commercial Exhibitions

 

Golden Award of Montreux 2015, Finalist
Spatial Communication/ Permanent Thematic Exhibition

 

Art Directors Club (ADC) 2015, Award
Spatial Communication/ Media Projection

 

New York Festival 2015, Silver World Medal
Film & Video/ Event Venue

 

iF Award 2015, Gold
Interior Architecture/ Installations

 

LIA 2014 Design Award, Finalist
Installations/ Displays - Permanent

 

Red Dot Award 2014, Winner
Spatial Communication Exhibition Design

Technical details

22 projectors
14 IR cameras
36 synchronised computers
34 audio channels

8 wall projectors
30m x 7m

14 floor projectors
30m x 14m

Interactive sound
16 channels
32 speakers

8,500 x 5,500 pixels

Duration 15min

Images are generated in real time, depending on user interactions.