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Yesterday, I was at the LWL-Museum in Herne to install and check our animations for the exhibition. The preparations are already pretty advanced and the exhibition looks really good! Herne has a lot more space than Berlin had; the exhibition is actually taking up a whole hall. I had a very nice day in the museum yesterday and was also able to go through the permanent exhibition, which is one of the best I’ve seen.

The Uruk exhibition will re-open on the 3rd of November and stay until the 21st of April 2014. That means you have plenty of time to visit “Uruk – 5.000 years of the megacity”, as well as the permanent exhibition. If you want more updates on the museum, you can also check out their Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Photo: © Sebastian Hageneuer with the permission of the LWL-Museum in Herne

Here is a confession: If I go through an exhibition, I rather watch the exhibits than read their descriptions. To be precise: Most of the time, I don’t read any of the descriptions. This has something to do with the way I like to remember things, but mostly with the fact, that there is actually not so much interesting to read about. If – in a special case – I want to know more about something, I usually lean over, squint my eyes and get a short description of what I am seeing. Normally, I learn how old something is, where it’s from and also – most of the time – what it’s purpose was. Usually, I know as much as before. But what if I want to know some more details?

Of course, there is the exhibition catalogue, where you can read extensively on every topic of the exhibition. Economically it makes sense, the museum can earn some extra money by selling it. But to be realistic, no one (including me) wants to carry a heavy catalogue through the exhibition and search through it, while interested in special exhibits. S. Hartmann wrote in his blog recently about the advantages of the e-book format for exhibition catalogues (German) and I agree.

In the comments, he also mentioned the idea, that one way of distributing the e-book version is to bundle it with the print version. Actually I think this is fantastic. For me, buying a digital version is absolutely great for the museum visit itself. I think walking through the exhibition with my tablet or smartphone would definitely enrich my experience. I can get all the information I want, without forcing other visitors to deal with a huge amount of text or forcing me to carry an exhibition catalogue around. Also, technologies like Augmented Reality, Video Implementation or Links to the Web can easily be integrated into that system. On the other hand, when I come back home, I really want the printed version for my book shelve. Maybe I am already too nostalgic, but I am sure, I am not the only one.

Here is how I would do it: When I buy my ticket, I have the option to additionally buy the catalogue bundle. I’ll get the digital version instantly on my phone or tablet via QR-Code on the ticket. After the visit, I can use my ticket to grab a printed version from the museum shop and go home. Happy experience. The ones, that don’t want to use all these new technologies have the same experience in the museum as they had before. The traditional exhibition design can stay and after the visit, one can go into the museum shop to buy solely the printed version of the catalogue as before. Also, happy experience.

Photo: © Sebastian Hageneuer

Since the 25th of April until today, the 8th of September 2013, the Uruk exhibition “Uruk – 5.000 years of the megacity” was presented at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. The exhibition attracted over 400.000 visitors in 19 weeks. On busy days, around 6.000 visitors a day walked trough the halls of the Pergamonmuseum and learned all about the ancient city of Uruk.

The first edition of the exhibition catalogue was sold out in July/August and the second edition is already in stores. Overall, there is very positive feedback for the exhibition in the media and we too received a lot of positive messages concerning our visualisations. This of course makes us very proud!

The next station of the exhibition will be Herne, a town near Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia. The LWL-Museum für Archäologie is presenting the exhibition from the 3rd of November 2013 for 24 weeks until the 21st of April 2014. We will of course be there to install our animations and take some pictures of the exhibition.

As mentioned before, today is the last day to go and see the Uruk exhibition in Berlin. If you can make it, just go, if not, here is something to remember the exhibition:

Photos: © Sebastian Hageneuer

We are happy to announce, that we were able to publish some of our pictures in a new book for children. It introduces Uruk and the archaeology of Mesopotamia, Gilgamesh and Cuneiform Writing. You can learn about ancient law and with how many bricks the wall of Uruk was built. It is written in German and not only interesting to children! Now comes the best part: We are giving one book away! If you are interested, read below…

If you want to win one of these books, it is very simple: Send an eMail to win@artefacts-berlin.de until the 28th of July with your name and shipping address. On the 29th we will let fortune decide who gets the book. We take care of the shipping fees, no matter where you live. After this we will delete all mails and will not save any of your addresses. We have no interest in any data whatsoever and just want to give away one of these books. Good luck!

When: 11th of July 2013, 6 p.m., free entry, presentation in German
Where: Gobelin-Saal, Bode-Museum, Am Kupfergraben 1, 10178 Berlin
What: Monumental architecture of the 4th and 3rd mill. BCE in Uruk
Who: Prof. Ricardo Eichmann (DAI) and Sebastian Hageneuer (Artefacts)

Prof. Ricardo Eichmann will talk about  the monumental architecture of Uruk and its evolution. He will give an insight into the structuring and growth of the city. In the second part, I will talk about the  reconstructions. What problems arose and how we solved them. I will show some examples of the White Temple and talk about the reconstruction of the outer façade.

The talk is planned to be around 45 minutes long, the entry is free, it starts at 6 p.m. Come and join us!


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