Moesgård Museum, Højbjerg, Denmark
At the new Moesgaard Museum visitors literally come face-to-face with the ancestors of the human race. The museum accommodates archaeological and ethnographic exhibitions, special exhibitions, an auditorium, conference rooms and other visitor facilities. The combination of science with new ways of displaying the artefacts and the use of technology is characteristic for the exhibitions of the new museum. The archaeological exhibitions display the lives of the species of the past through the use of narratives and settings with light, sounds and animations.
In collaboration with Moesgaard Museum Design Studio, ART+COM Studios developed two elements for the permanent exhibition: the installation Evolutionary Stairs with seven digital dioramas, and a series of reflective displays positioned on the lower ground floor.
A unique collection of anatomically precise reconstructions of human species greets visitors already on the staircase in the museum foyer. The figures can be experienced up close or through ‘binoculars’. Looking through the binoculars at the Homo sapiens or another human species reconstructed by the artists Kennis & Kennis, one sees a digital diorama of the lifelike figures in their indigenous settings. The viewer feels as though they are inside the landscape, circling the figures. In order to achieve this effect, each environment was built in 3D and a virtual tracking shot was designed. The data of the virtual flight was used to film the physical reconstructions with a motion control system that followed the exact perspective of the virtual camera. Thus a seamless integration of the figure into the 3D environment was achieved. As a result, the viewer gets a rich impression of the habitats while the figures keep their strong physical presence.
On the lower ground floor, visitors can make a direct connection between the skulls of various human species and their reconstructed heads with the help of the reflective displays created by ART+COM Studios. The reflective glass superimposes the reflection of the skull on the modelled head and vice versa.