living surface - newsletter 10/2013
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Interactive music worlds for the festival theater Baden-Baden

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The festival theater in Baden-Baden recently opened the kid's music world "Toccarion". In this memorable location children can playfully discover the world of sound without any prior musical knowledge. The core of the permanent exhibit is an interactive forty square-meter installation contributed by ›vertigo systems‹. Through this installation and the specifically developed themed games, children experience music in a very intuitive way.

By using new interactive technologies, visitors between five and twelve years of age may for example actively experience the role of a conductor. Here, a forty musicians strong virtual orchestra will follow each movement of the baton on a huge wall-projection. Accessing associated active fields on the floor, will mean to acoustically and visually fade in and out entire vocal groups.

Through the audio quiz, ›vertigo systems‹ enables considerate multimedia-based organology. First, the kids hear the melody of an orchestral part. Then, they will assign it to the respective instrument. A selection of instruments is projected on the floor through four professional projectors.


In another game, the children can assemble notes for well known pieces of music on the 6x4 meter floor-projection to provide a waiting virtual musical quartet with the previously missing sheets of music. On success, the kids will then discover the string quartet in a different virtual environment depending on the performed play's theme. Another interactive gaming situation is kept purely intuitive. The children hunt virtual notes on the floor-surface and will make them explode. After that, the notes will re-materialize on a wall animation.

These interactive installations by ›vertigo systems‹ allow children to playfully get in touch with music and to fully immerse into the action. The gaming worlds for the interactive orchestra of the kid's music world "Toccarion" were developed in cooperation with the festival theater Baden-Baden. The lovingly restoration of the premises and the realization of the permanent exhibit "Toccarion" were initiated and supported by the Sigmund Kiener Foundation. The kid's music world "Toccarion" was opened in 2013 by the world-famous opera singers Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott.

The loony-twisted world in the „Hotel Tartüff“ at the theme park „Phantasialand“

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Phantasialand is one of the largest theme parks in Germany and is well known for presenting a new great attraction every year. The crazy „Hotel Tartüff“ is now setting new standards in the field of „Fun House“. Each room of the hotel is loony and twisted: sofas are hanging from the ceiling, beds are attached to the walls and in each corner visitors can discover even more curiosities. At the „Hotel Tartüff“ the laws of gravity are turned upside down.

To underline this unforgettable journey through the loony hotel, ›vertigo systems‹ created huge interactive paintings on walls and ceilings that respond to the movements of the visitors. One of the paintings shows an interactive family portrait: as soon as the visitors step on the portrait, the individual family members start complaining in their own ways. In the salon, the world has been turned upside down completely, so that the ceiling fresco can be walked over by foot. Through interaction visitors frighten and chase away small angels in the ceiling's painting. The interactive installations for Phantasialand do not only surprise: the visit at the „Hotel Tartüff“ turns into an unforgettable experience.

Interactive treasure-hunt at Karls pirate-village

Karls starts the summer season with a new attraction: every guest, tall or short, feels like a real pirate. The core of the indoor playground near Rostock is a huge pirate ship. In its center, a projected compass and interactive fish by ›vertigo systems‹ invite to hunt treasures. This enables all guests to dive even more intensively into the world of the conquerors of the seas.

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