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HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY

HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
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TEMPORARY EXHIBITION AT PALAIS HERBERSTEIN IN GRAZ

  • Interior Design
  • Lighting Design

in collaboration with Eva Stern (wall art), GOL Lichtdesign (lighting design), Severin Su / 13&9 Design (sound design) and Lambda Labs (speaker system)

The temporary exhibit, “how it was. Space and History,” is one piece of a four-part provincial exhibition in the Austrian state of Styria which showcases the region´s cultural heritage on the first floor of the History Museum in Graz. Located in Palais Herberstein, the museum is a significant historic building in the city center. The 500 square meter exhibition, spanning from the beginning of our era to the 20th century, aims to make ancient traces of historic architecture, landscapes, borders, legislation, and society legible and visible. The journey through time and space begins with immersive sounds and visuals, animated morphing boundaries accompanied by changing linguistics and dialects. The “black box” circuit, an existing series of hermetically sealed wooden room cells from the 90s ingrained in the historic premises, provides the framework for this exhibition. To invite visitors to participate and perceive history in an unexpected and unpretentious way, four diverse sensory experiences were introduced into the space: shell, structure, floor, and sound. The further one progresses in the 10-room loop, the denser and more complex, scaled, accelerated the experience becomes. The transformation of the neutral SHELL into an artistically translated landscape, untouched by human hands, was the first step. An infinite landscape loop wraps around the walls (artwork by Eva Stern) and metaphorically depicts the pristine nature humans found on earth, which was then successively modified, reshaped, and transformed. Traces of these human interventions become legible as gaps in the landscape and wall, also contextualizing the connection between objects within the historical context of the palais. From the cutouts, a spatial wooden STRUCTURE emerges, referencing material and dimensions of the shell´s wooden-frame construction. A single element, rotated on its coordinate axes, is multiplied and proliferated into a three-dimensional space from the floor, wall and ceiling, acting as a display for a myriad of historic maps and scale models.⁠ The interplay of structure, objects and gaps in the landscape offers insights and unveils previously hidden layers of historic masonry and housing technology. The adequacy of human action is both challenged and reflected through the lens of penciled graffiti. Visitors stride across the FLOOR projected with town and city structures and typology, a network of roads and paths – becoming part of it, immersed in it. Large exhibits, such as a Roman tombstone, pillory, delicate organ fragment, and military tent, line the wayside as flotsam and witnesses of the past. The SOUND installation, created and produced by 13&9 Design in collaboration with Severin Su, is a key element of the scenography contributing to the multidimensional visitor experience. The two-tier composition is based on an abstract and a narrative sound layer. The abstract layer emphasizes the spatial and conceptual design themes – densification and complexity, and scaling and acceleration – through three elements: drumbeats, noise, and heartbeats. The narrative layer accompanies the space with sound effects that mirror the atmosphere of each period while also referring to specific exhibits. Reflecting on our past as it relates to its impact on our present and future, the final room, entered through a narrow and long transitional space, concludes the exhibition and poses the questions: What is forthcoming? What remains? The thought-provoking installation constructed from re-arranged and layered landscape cutouts of preceding rooms, leaves visitors in a new and natural environment. To meet the standards of a contemporary and mindful contribution, the pieces were produced locally in the museum´s workshop, made from renewable, recyclable, and partially re-used materials.

  • project name: HISTORY MUSEUM – HOW IT WAS. SPACE AND HISTORY
  • function: public
  • location: Graz, AUSTRIA
  • client:
  • construction start: 02 / 2021
  • completion: 04 / 2021
  • project team:
    • Jörg Kindermann,
      Martin Lesjak, Anastasija Lesjak, Lisa Nett

  • photographer: Paul Ott
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LECTURE AND EXCURSION FOR ARCHITEKTUR IN PROGRESS

Anastasija and Martin Lesjak represent INNOCAD architecture and 13&9 Design with the keynote lecture “Neue Ganzheitlichkeit” during the architecture excursion days hosted by architektur in progress! Their talk, including the latest architecture, interior, and product design projects with a focus on human-centered design as well as their recently founded SciencDesignLab, takes place on July 8th at 7 P.M. at LAUFEN innovation center in Gmunden-Engelhof. Additionally, the architecture tour highlights Architizer A+ Award finalist “Haus Salzkammergut,” a project in collaboration with Hinterwirth Architekten, for Raiffeisen, located at an important intersection in a developing area of Gmunden, Austria. This flexible, mixed-use complex is a significant unifier within its urban context, given the dissimilar assortment of nearby buildings and typologies.

Ö1 JOANNEUM PANEL WITH MARTIN LESJAK

Ö1 JOANNEUM PANEL WITH MARTIN LESJAK

On June 14th at 7 p.m. Martin Lesjak will be a guest panelist at „Ö1 Joanneums-Gespräch” at the ORF RadioKulturhaus discussing the subject “Geschichte im Raum. Zum Wechselspiel von Mensch und Natur.“ In this panel, a group of cultural scientists, museum experts and artists will also reflect INNOCAD´s new multi-sensory exhibition „how it was. Space and History” at Museum für Geschichte as well as how the traces of history challenge and inspire science and art.