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I NEVER TOLD YOU at the Evangelische Academy Frankfurt

A light installation

Installation, exhibition | strategy, scenography, graphical design, communication | culture | Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt

What do we not dare to say? Which of these are social taboos, which are private secrets? The light installation “I NEVER TOLD YOU”, in cooperation with the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, illuminated stigmas, long-forgotten memories and the venue – the Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt – from inside and outside.



The challenge

The mediation work between the students and the client, the Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, as well as the design-related implementation of the students with our experienced eye, combined with our demand for the content-related mediation of cultural topics.


Our approach

The realisation of the students’ ideas and concept in collaboration with the editorial team, graphics and trades.

 

Skills

Project management, realisation, editing, communication

Credits

Project cooperation partners:

Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Hochschule Darmstadt, Faculty Architecture, Darmstadt

Atelier Markgraph GmbH, Frankfurt am Main

Dr. Arthur Pfungst-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main

EKHN Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main

Concept: Milena Sommer and Ceren Isbilir

 

Supported by:

Friends of the Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Verein Andere Zeiten e. V. , Hamburg

Kinder-und Jugendplan des Bundes, Berlin

 

Supervision Master thesis:

Prof. Sybille Maisch, Prof. Lars Uwe Bleher and Lecturer Fine Hüneke

Everyone has secrets.

In fact, most people have approximately 13; after two and a half years, on average, they are revealed. Surprised? Well, we are too. Secrets are neither good nor bad, they can protect, connect us with each other and express trust, but they can also be exclusive and exclude. One thing became clear during the content processing of the topic: it is ambivalent, this world of secrets. In April 2021, architecture students from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences began to deal with the topic of transparency as part of a competition. The students Ceren Isbillir and Milena Sommer won the competition, which gave them the opportunity to realise their project in Frankfurt's city centre.

"We worked intensively with the students for a semester to turn a student design into a viable production. In the process, we supported the students with tricky decisions and necessary reality checks. As a student, I would have been thrilled to be involved in such a project."


Sebastian Hahn
Project management

The Evangelische Academy itself served as the backdrop and stage for the installation.

In terms of content, the glass building spanned an arc on the subject of transparency and secrets; while the walls served as a space for the exhibition tour.
Large wall graphics with various typography made the different areas and the emerging narration perceptible. The “suction power” started in the entrance, the first catchwords led the visitors into the topic and up the stairs.

The narrative reach edits climax in the Panorama Hall.

Through a labyrinth of transparent fabric panels, visitors sought their way to the whispering stations where secrets could be revealed, at least between them and the museum visitors – private and yet partly public.

The installation at the staircase also invited visitors to participate. In the “catching of voices”various questions were asked and answer options offered, which the visitors selected with stickers and thus made their opinions and experiences with secrets visible. At least some of them ...

Credits

Project cooperation partners:

Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Hochschule Darmstadt, Faculty Architecture, Darmstadt

Atelier Markgraph GmbH, Frankfurt am Main

Dr. Arthur Pfungst-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main

EKHN Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main

Concept: Milena Sommer and Ceren Isbilir

 

Supported by:

Friends of the Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Verein Andere Zeiten e. V. , Hamburg

Kinder-und Jugendplan des Bundes, Berlin

 

Supervision Master thesis:

Prof. Sybille Maisch, Prof. Lars Uwe Bleher and Lecturer Fine Hüneke

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