Jewish Museum Berlin
3 by 17 meters projection surface, 5 projectors, 3 computers in a network and 34 interview clips in 4 different sizes. The installation that product designer and programmer Florian Rühle and I produced for the Jewish Museum Berlin during the last two months can be seen at the prologue of the exhibition ‘Looting and Restitution’. The opening is today. It will stay open until early February 2009.

The exhibition ‘Looting and Restitution. Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present’ narrates the historical events, context, and consequences of the looting carried out by the Nazis throughout Europe. The exhibition tracks what happened to individual cultural artifacts confiscated by the Nazis and the fates of their rightful Jewish owners. Alongside well-known names such as the Rothschild family or the collector and philanthropist Carl von Weinberg, long-forgotten collections such as Sigmund Nauheim’s Judaica collection and the pianist Wanda Landowska’s collection of historical musical instruments will also be shown.[Source]

The biggest challenge we faced when receiving the brief to design a video installation for the prologue was that it should had a distinguish look from the main exhibition that was rustic, rather complex and more like a maze. A spatial installation in the room was ruled out for this reason. Also the structure of the room that has two entrances was unusual as it is in the part of the museum that Daniel Libeskind designed and a large triangle cuts through one of the main walls. Therefore we decided to use the plain two flanking walls of the room that aren’t disrupted as a projection screen. The original DVC Pro 50 interview material was digitalised and edited. Afterwards the footage was running through an elaborate process of post-production. Colours, brightness, sharpness were adjusted, jittery camera movements and other distortions were removed. The interviews should be seen by as many visitors as possible. That’s why the video was upscaled and projected on the upper two third of the two walls that had a total width of 17 meters (56 feet). Five projectors, channeled by three multi-media-pcs in a network, are screening the 136 interview clips. The position and the size of each clip is chosen by a random generator. Another projector is responsible for the subtitles in two languages.


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This is the online portfolio for motion and design projects and related research of Nico Roicke. I'm a graduate of MA Communication Design, pathway Digital Media, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Also I'm part of the motion design studios Sir ja sir and Buchstabenschubser.

Beside motion graphics (or motion design, if you prefer) I'm the co-founder of the fanzine and weblog Jackpot Baby! - New digital pop culture (all texts unfortunately in German language) and I write for Berlin's finest Webblog Spreeblick - Pop, Politics, Products & Positions (German again). Go and catch up some of my latest tweets on Twitter (English and German, it's really hard to tell) or take a glance at some of my Flickr pics and Vimeo vids.