Museum Zinkhütter HofNarrative Interactive

Four times eight minutes as a financial consultant, head of a family business, machine operator or scientist: with interactive exhibits at the Forum Zinkhütter Hof, children and young adults can immerse themselves in the history of their region.

In the history workshop at the new out-of-class learning environment Forum Zinkhütter, children and young people can find out about the economic and social changes that have taken place in the last two centuries in the Aachen region. For the “Euregional” project, ,simple developed four interactive play stations which can be used either by groups or individual persons.

The educational concept divides pupils into four groups, each of them is assigned a specific role model and one of the four games. In this way, each group experiences the exhibition from its own perspective. The games are designed to expand and deepen visitors’ knowledge and represent the highlight of the tour.

For the “worker” group, we design a paper processing machine which is produced by Cologne artist Max Scholz. The children use the machine to print, emboss, stamp and perforate paper according to certain specifications which they can then make into a paper box. Ability to work in a team, coordination and accuracy are required to be able to produce high-quality products in time with the machine. The abstract working situation is controlled by instructions which are given via a loudspeaker.

Setting up a factory and taking it successfully into the next century, this is the task of the “entrepreneurs”. They have to make decisions about location, investments, new products and company orientation. Various events influence the course of the game and the financial situation of the company. And bankruptcy is also a possible outcome.

The “customs game” offers children an insight into the development of commercial markets through customs unions and free trade zones. The “scientists” are independent consultants and contacts for tradesmen and princes. At summit meetings between trading sessions, they decide about the future customs policies of the respective country.

The “landscape scanner” is a mini rally through Stolberg and the surrounding area. The group of “idealists” use a landscape model to carry out on-site research and discover and explore places and their history with all their senses. Monitors provide information and give children an assignment which they have to carry out by finding the interactive elements in the model.

The project was produced in cooperation with the Museum Zinkhütter Hof and the Büro für museale Ausstellungen as well as with Engels & Faridi.

Photos: Uli Grohs