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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


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

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann


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


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


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

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs


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


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


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


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

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus


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

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis


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

Archiving memories

Qasr Al Hosn Festival

Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Our first project in the United Arab Emirates has been successfully completed: we designed two exhibitions in the former Cultural Foundation Building at the annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi. During the festival at the heart of the city on the grounds of the Qasr Al Hosn fort, the history of the fort and Emirati culture and traditions are celebrated. Through demonstrations, workshops and live performances the visitors go back in time to discover life as it used to be in Abu Dhabi’s coastal village and learn about the origins of Emirati heritage.

Abu Dhabi (UAE)
People-Creative, on behalf of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
200 + 400 m2
Spatial design, graphic design
Hermann Kossmann (lead), Martin Saemmer, Remco Swart
Research and curation
Barker Langham
Light design
People-Creative, Kossmanndejong
Interactive Animations
People-Creative, Little big fish films
Realisation and AV hardware
Little big fish films, JK58
Anatomy of a photograph: Iconic images from the past

The exhibition, ‘Anatomy of a photograph: iconic images from the past’, reveals hidden stories of the past. After a brief introduction, You enter a mysterious black box including an engaging audio-visual experience. Walking through a spatial arrangement of nine lucent projection screens, the story behind five historical iconic photographs is brought to life in a special synchronised video animation on all the screens. Through a thoroughly deconstruction of each photo, visitors are challenged to watch the photos very closely and to consider their real meaning. The show is alternating in Arabic and English.

Archives and memories: capturing the nation’s story

In the second exhibition, ‘Archives and memories: capturing the nation’s story’, you could explore important treasures of the archival collections of Abu Dhabi. Surrounded by an impressive shelf system with cardboard archive boxes the audience gets introduced to the eight existing archives of Abu Dhabi. In the following halls the visitor is taken on a labyrinthic discovery tour through different worlds of collections, arranged by different types of media – for instance a world of historic photos is followed by a world of historic films, in which the archives collectively are represented. The exploration ends in an interactive photo room, where you can make a selfie like if you stand in one of the historic photographs. A souvenir to add to the visitor’s personal archive.

The Qasr Al Hosn Festival took place between 3 and 13 February in Abu Dhabi. In this period a record number of over 140,000 people visited the festival.