Project Description

Sensecapes – an interactive projection

Visitors to the Sensescappes in Leipzig’s Grassi Museum experience an interactive 360° projection in the permanent exhibition “Art Nouveau to the Present Day“. With this installation it is possible to experience space immersively through an amazing sense-experience.


Every movement is detected by 3D cameras and transformed into specific projected design elements. In this way, all visitors actively participate in shaping the space through their presence and movements. In addition, the special features of historical styles in art and design are taken up acoustically and visually. This opens up completely new perspectives and possibilities for the visitors to playfully interpret and confront the topic.


The Grassi Museum

The Leipzig Museum of Applied Arts and Design is one of the most important design institutions in Europe. The exhibitions show architecture, design, photography and arts and crafts. With the permanent exhibition “From Art Nouveau to the Present Day” various stylistic epochs are artistically staged. The interactive room installation Sensescapes is the final stage of the tour through the museum.


How it works

In the permanent exhibition, the visitors are initially only recipients. By entering the final room – the Sensescapes – you leave this role and become part of a creative process yourself. The conventional relationship between consumer and work of art is reversed so that everyone can actively influence colours, light, sound and space. In this way every movement preserves a meaning and becomes significant. Everything has an effect on the interactive projection and hence the design of the Sensescapes.


Technical Implementation – Development & Approach

In the first step of the development we created a 3D image of the room so that the positions for special tracking cameras could be determined. Eight cameras now precisely detect the position of the visitors. We analysed the stylistic epochs shown in the exhibition, such as the Bauhaus or Art Nouveau, with regard to striking, fundamental design elements and then took these parameters as the basis for the development of our real-time graphics.

With the software framework VVVV we programmed a custom application, which interprets the movements of the visitors and translates them into sound and animations.


An interdisciplinary cooperation

The project was realized under the conceptual direction of Prof. Axel Buether. Together with Schnellebuntebilder and Ingolf Heinsch we developed the tracking, the real-time animations and the corresponding IT infrastructure. Jacob Korn composed a special multi-channel soundtrack for an immersive sound experience. Isabella Kolata designed polygonal exhibition furniture.