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Into the Dark Woods

A hero’s journey »Into the Dark Woods« – an exhibition entices visitors into a fairy-tale forest filled with light and shade. From 10.04.2019 in the GRIMM WORLD Kassel

18 powerful projectors, numerous loudspeakers and some 1.5 km of cable transform 330 square metres of exhibition area into a walk-in fairy-tale forest: Wednesday 10.04.2019 sees the opening of the new exhibition experience »Into the Dark Woods« in the GRIMM WORLD Kassel. The multi-media installation takes visitors on a fairy-tale hero’s journey in which they play a part. A special highlight: the exhibition requires neither language nor real exhibits, and can be understood across all languages and cultures.

On Wednesday 10.04.2019, GRIMM WORLD Kassel opens its new exhibition experience »Into the Dark Woods – Find your way through the fairy-tale forest to the magic clearing«.
18 powerful projectors, the same number of media players, numerous loudspeakers and around 1.5 km of cable transform 330 square metres of exhibition area into a walk-in fairy-tale forest of generative design. It took 300 hours to render the sequences, and the resulting production restarts every 20 minutes. As the exhibition narration is non-linear, visitors can join at any time. If you want to see every individual sequence all the way through, you will need more than three hours. The highlight of the immersive production is that the exhibition is accessible without mediation or interpretation, regardless of linguistic or cultural background.  »For the first time ever, GRIMM WORLD is staging a purely digital exhibition - ›Into the Dark Woods‹. This opens up various possibilities: as the exhibition does without speech as an information medium, the experience is intuitive – and accessible to visitors of all ages, regardless of linguistic or cultural background«, says Peter Stohler, Director and Programme Head of GRIMM WORLD.

A hero’s journey Into the Dark Woods

Once you have crossed the threshold and ventured »Into the Dark Woods«, you will soon be lost in the fairy-tale maze of light and shade between the trees – just like Little Red Riding Hood was, once upon a time. This forest is a living thing which grows and meanders this way and that, drawing the visitor in deeper and deeper to fall under its enchantment. The path to the magic clearing is inhabited by mysterious figures that show us what is slumbering in the depths of our soul: the multi-media installation takes us, the visitors, on our very own fairy-tale hero’s journey.
»The exhibition is all about transformation, because characters or objects in fairy tales are very rarely what they seem«, says Mirko Zapp, the exhibition curator. Appropriately enough, a will o’ the wisp lights the way through the pitch blackness. Trees, bushes, caves, and even a waterfall feeding a stream line the path, but the exhibition changes constantly: creatures and objects loom up and disappear again, sometimes it is stormy or rainy, and then the moon shines down from a clear sky. In the centre, the visitor reaches the magic clearing: five huge standing stones form a kind of mythical ritual temple. »In fairy tales, transformations often represent the inner transformation undergone by their protagonists«, Mirko Zapp goes on. »The clearing turns visitors into fairy-tale heroes or heroines who experience how it feels to undergo such an adventure – alone in the dark woods, exposed to the elements, surrounded by darkness and unearthly figures. Needless to say, everything ends well – just like a typical fairy tale.«
The production studio URBANSCREEN from Bremen has designed a video sequence that works in exactly the same associative manner as the surrounding forest – although these are real video images. Narration takes a back seat in favour of a more immersive experience in which the visitor is exposed to a whirlwind of images that surround him on a projection area of more than 40 square metres. The sequence contains many allusions – some direct, some hidden – to fairy tales, but the most intriguing thing, according to Mirko Zapp, is: »It is just as effective if you don’t know or recognise any of the tales. The exhibition works without any previous knowledge, and actually works best if you do not try to rationalise everything«. In fact, »Into the Dark Woods« does not present individual fairy tales, instead providing associations and fragments of archetypal narratives which enable visitors to experience their own stories.

»Into the Dark Woods« was composed by URBANSCREEN, a production studio for interdisciplinary media art from Bremen. The studio is renowned for its immersive installations. »Creating a digital forest was a really exciting challenge for us, as designers and from a technical point of view«, says Majo Ussat, Managing Director at URBANSCREEN. »In order to make an aesthetically pleasing, living forest grow mainly from printed characters, we developed our own dynamic algorithm, consisting of design elements, typography and self-generating animations. «
URBANSCREEN has more than ten years of experience in the implementation of complex media productions, and has already illuminated a number of buildings, including the Sydney Opera House, the Rice University in Houston, Texas, or the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Hamburg.  
VISION TOOLS from Hamburg is the exhibition’s technical partner.

www.grimmwelt.de/finsterwald
www.urbanscreen.com

Press contact:
GRIMMWELT Kassel gGmbH | Contact person: Mirko Zapp, Press/Public Relations/Marketing
T +49.561.59861913 | mirko.zapp@grimmwelt.de | www.grimmwelt.de

Duration:
10.04.2019 – 06.10.2019

Opening times:
Tue – Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Mon.

Admission
Special exhibition »Into the Dark Woods«: 5 €, reduced rate 3 €
Combiticket for permanent and special exhibition: 10 €, reduced rate 7 €
www.grimmwelt.de

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Mirko Zapp, Kurator

Peter Stohler, Geschäftsführer und Programmleiter

Saalzettel

UNBOXING – Tell Me Your Stories

31st August 2018 – 13th January 2019

At GRIMM WORLD Kassel, visitors can follow the traces of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the famous fairy-tale collectors and linguists. The exhibition centre, which opened in 2015, was immediately selected as one of the ten best museums in the world by the English Guardian newspaper and numerous other prizes followed. The exhibition exploits the many technical possibilities of our age and presents Grimm’s Fairy Tales excitingly, graphically and interactively. Valuable originals, for example first editions of their “Children’s and Household Tales”, are on show in the exhibition’s treasure chamber. Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm’s personal working copies with their handwritten notes dating from 1812/1815 were declared to be Memory of the World documents by UNESCO-in 2005. The exhibition is structured like a glossary. Definitions from the “German Dictionary” show visitors the way. A total of 25 topic areas can thus be explored from A to Z. Interactive exhibition formats and historical evidence make GRIMMWELT a place of learning by discovery and active experience across a surface area of 1,300 m².

Arriving, unpacking, getting to know others and taking part – that is what you need to do in new surroundings so that you can feel at home, no longer an outsider. Everyone has experienced a situation like this, but it is especially strong for refugees who are confronted with a different culture and language after flight or expulsion. The GRIMM WORLD has created a multimedia box with didactic materials which help people to get acquainted and to converse with each other. All over the world there is a tradition of storytelling, and this is the basis for methods which have been developed and tested to enable refugees and people with a migrant background to participate socially. Now the GRIMM WORLD’S latest temporary exhibition presents these methods of "unboxing" from the model project "Tell Me Your Stories". The exhibition invites you to explore, participate and be active – get out of the box and get involved!

The entire material will be available as a free download in September:
www.grimmwelt.de/erzaehlmirdeinegeschichten

The project is sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Unboxing – Tell Me Your Stories
31st August 2018 – 13th January 2019
GRIMMWELT, Weinbergstraße 21, 34117 Kassel

www.grimmwelt.de


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GRIMMWELT Kassel, neue Sonderausstellung: UNBOXING – Erzähl mir Deine Geschichte/n 31. August 2018 bis 13. Januar 2019

GRIMMWELT Kassel Foto: Nikolaus Frank © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Assoziative Klecksbildgeschichten. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Videoanleitungen für Kennenlernspiele. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Märchenbuch in 13 Sprachen. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Rhythmen trommeln. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Blick in die Ausstellung. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Verwandlung in ein Fantasiewesen mit dem Bone-Tracker. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Interaktives Kochbuch. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Märchenbuch in 13 Sprachen. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Die Methodenbox: Kostenlose Materialien für die Arbeit mit Geflüchteten. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Die Methodenbox: Kostenlose Materialien für die Arbeit mit Geflüchteten. © GRIMMWELT Kassel, Foto: Nikolaus Frank

Dachterrasse GRIMMWELT Kassel Workshop: Die Stadtmusikanten - zählen / erzählen © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Wenn Tiere sprechen könnten © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Fantastische Architekturen © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Fantasiewesen erfinden © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Fantasiewesen erfinden Foto: Mario Strahl © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Märchenwimmelbild Illustration: Stella Dreis © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Dornröschen Illustration: Stella Dreis © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Hänsel und Grethel Illustration: Stella Dreis © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Klecksbild Illustration: Seulki Claire Kim © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Meine Familie Illustration: Amberpress © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Meine Familie Illustration: Amberpress © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Workshop: Meine Familie Illustration: Amberpress © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Rezeptkarte Polomorg llustration: Markus Lefrançois © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Rezeptkarte Umosch llustration: Markus Lefrançois © GRIMMWELT Kasse

Susanne Völker, Kulturdezernentin der Stadt Kassel und ehemalige Leiterin der GRIMMWELT ©GRIMMWELT Kassel

GRIMMWELT Kassel Installation: Rotkäppchen Foto: Nikolaus Frank © GRIMMWELT Kassel

GRIMMWELT Kassel Installation: Hexenhaus Foto: Nikolaus Frank © GRIMMWELT Kassel

Brüder Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm © Stadt Kassel

Brüder Grimm: Kinder- und Hausmärchen UNESCO-Weltdokumentenerbe © Stadt Kassel

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