German Spy Museum

September 2015 in Leipziger Platz, Berlin the German Spy Museum opened its doors for the first time to the public. Ars Electronica Solutions together with Garamantis were responsible for bringing interactivity and technology to the exhibition space which covers a total of 3,000 square meters across two floors. Various installations are located throughout the museum and range from interactive timelines of German espionage to password cracking stations. I was responsible for the implementation of a laser game inspired by classic action movies and also for the staircase display that connects the ground floor with the first floor of the exhibition area. The software setup borrows a lot of elements from an early prototype that I developed and tested during the Ars Electronica Festival 2014. The staircase display is a video wall that runs on 4 small optiplex computers each driving 6 custom display modules cut so that they fit on the profile of the staircase. I used openFrameworks and GStreamer in order to keep the video content playback in sync across the different computers and released the source as an addon which you can find on my Github repo.

Image Credits: Ars Electronica Solutions, Garamantis