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Projection test for the Names memorial, the room is still empty now. Our Colonial Inheritance

24.05.2022 at 15:17 by Wendy Snoek

Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi

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The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann

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Artist Celia Smith installing here birds warm sculpture. Groote Museum

23.02.2022 at 17:02 by Michel de Vaan

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs

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Carefully lifting a python snake skeleton. Groote Museum

24.01.2022 at 14:13 by Michel de Vaan

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

Work in progress for Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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Cleaning out tree routs before they will be lifted to the ceiling Groote Museum

25.09.2021 at 12:29 by Michel de Vaan

Milling earth elevation minus water from a special foam. Here we show how little drinking water there actually is on earth. Groote Museum

30.06.2021 at 12:04 by Michel de Vaan

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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

On view

DISSECT
YOURSELF

Humania

NEMO Science Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

When you walk through a tunnel into Humania, you hear questions about yourself. They make you think: who or what am I? When you leave the tunnel you are standing in front of an 8.5-meter-high work of art of a skeleton doing a handstand. The exhibition titles in neon letters – ‘I was’, ‘I am’ and ‘I will become’ – beckon you to go and explore.

Location
Amsterdam (NL)
Client
NEMO Science Museum
Year
2019
Surface
500 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, spatial design, graphic design , art direction
Team
Niels de Jong (lead), Mark de Jong, Wendy Snoek, Robin Schijfs, Martijn Sas, Koen Fraijman, Roel Bolhuis, Taya Reshetnik
Construction
Archimedes Exhibitions
Light design
HeinzLoopstra
Interactives
YiPP
AV production
Shosho
Photography
Janus van den Eijnden, Jet van Gaal and many others
Art installation 'Een Handstand'
Florentijn Hofman
Overarching gestures

In contrast to most exhibitions in science centers, there are many connecting elements in the exhibition at Humania. The tunnel acts as a transition space where you can briefly reset from previous impressions; a photo gallery shows a great diversity of people and is like an immense patchwork above the space. Graphic lines on the floor connect forty exhibits in a dynamic arrangement. As in a magnetic field, all the parts direct you towards the centre: the visitor literally takes center stage upon entering.

Reality

We didn’t build decors or use plastic models of people or organs in our design. Rather than faking reality, we wanted to bring that reality into the exhibition. This way you don’t see models in the photographs, but real people telling you their personal stories. For example meet life-size scientists who tell you how they approach their research – that’s how science becomes personal.

You are the subject

The minimal structures of grey steel and glass place the spotlight solely on the subject: you. With this open set-up, you view other visitors as part of the narrative and, in turn, you are also observed. In the amphitheater you can do self-tests and will literally sit on a stage. You constantly compare yourself with the other visitors and with the world around you. In this way you discover differences and similarities with others and get to know yourself better.

The science of the personal

The exhibition highlights all aspects of human life, including themes you might prefer to avoid, such as sexuality and death. You are challenged to explore these topics that inevitably belong to life, without having to push your own boundaries. Personal stories guide you through the subjects and complement the scientists’ stories.