Graz History Museum | INNOCAD

Rosalin Citra Utami Kapa | Sunday, 26 September 2021

Located in the Palais Herberstein, this museum is one of the most significant historical buildings in the city center. One of the exhibitions held at this museum is a temporary exhibition entitled “How was that? Space and History”. This exhibition is part of a four-part provincial exhibition in the Austrian state of Styria. In this exhibition, the cultural heritage of the Styria region is on display on the first floor of the Graz History Museum. Covering an area of 500m2, the exhibition includes a screen showing the changes from the modern era to the 20th century. From this entire exhibition, visitors can see ancient traces of historic architecture, landscapes, borders, laws, and people's behavior in each era.

Musem Graz

Musem Graz

A transition between eras that invites visitors to experience a journey through space and time with immersive visual and sound displays, morphing boundary animations accompanied by linguistic and dialectal changes. To invite visitors to participate and experience history in an unexpected way, the exhibition is divided into four spaces that provide diverse and unpretentious sensory experiences. These four diverse sensory experiences were introduced into the space: shell, structure, floor, and sound. The deeper visitors enter the 10-room loop, the more dense and complex the visual experience gets.

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The first step is the transformation of the neutral shell into an artistically translated landscape that is untouched by human hands. To show the metaphors, there is an infinite landscape circle that wraps around the wall, art by Eva Stern. This work depicts the original human nature which is sequentially modified, reshaped, and altered. From the cut, a spatial wooden structure emerges, referring to the material and construction dimensions of the shell wood frame. These elements demonstrate the adequacy of human action being challenged and reflected back through the lens of pencil graffiti. Along the way, visitors will step across the floor projected with town and city structures and typology. Large mockups and displays such as Roman tombstones, gallows, and military tents lined up on the outskirts of the circulation area as flotsam and witnesses of the past.

Museum Graz

To complete the entire exhibition, sound installations were created and produced by 13&9 Design in collaboration with Severon Su. This is a key element of scenography that contributes to the visitor's multi-dimensional experience. The audio composition of this exhibition consists of an abstract layer and a narrative layer. The abstract layer emphasizes the spatial and conceptual design themes, while the narrative layer accompanies the space with sound effects that reflect the mood of each period.

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The last room in the exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the past. This reflection then relates the impact that the past has on the present and future of humans. This room is entered through a narrow and long transitional space, closing the visitor's experience in the exhibition with the question: “What is to come and what is left?”.

Museum Graz

Museum Graz

Museum Graz

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