Weather Report – Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

Innovative universal means to explain weather and climate change

The exhibition “Weather Forecast” (from October 2017 to March 2018) in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn takes us on an interdisciplinary journey through the weather phenomena. Visitors wander on a complete weather day through the exhibition, experiencing a wide range of phenomena explicited by both arts and science. It spans from early morning fog over sun to rain and in the middle of the museum, even, to a hurricane. In addition, there are curiosities : peasant wisdoms and ancient myths. The big topic of climate change is not ignored.

Tactile Studio realised a brand new universal game and a touch station as well as writing boards in Braille.

An innovative universal mediation game

Who knows where which wind blows? Together with the art education team of the Bundeskunsthalle and Jan Burmester of the Deutsches Museum, Tactile Studio developed the windgame: on a tactile map of the world, fitted to visual impairment, 8 tactile wind symbols are integrated with sensors. The player receives hints and information on the integrated screen and via audio to find the Mistral or the Willy Willies on the world map,

 

Touch what you can barely see!

Thanks to a 3D model of a snowflake: sighted and visually impaired visitors alike learn how a snowflake is made up. Schematised representation adapted to the tactile reading.

The model is part of a touch station dedicated to the world’s first photograph of a snow crystal. The naturalist Johann Flögel succeeded in 1879 as the first first person in the world to take a picture of snow crystals. The photograph in the exhibition has been translated into a tactile image by Tactile Studio.

 

The exhibition “Weather Report”, is part of PILOT INCLUSION, the first and unique German joint project on cultural participation in museum. Together with three cooperation museums (Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg, Städtische Museen Freiburg) and the Federal Association for Museum Education and the Cologne Association for the Blind and Art, innovative concepts for inclusive exhibition presentations were developed based on the needs of people with disabilities. The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Aktion Mensch and the Kämpgen Stiftung.

 

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