What is the WALL?
A 12 meter long and 2 meter high interactive plasma screen WALL lights up Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. Dreamlike, the city loom up before its audience as a 3D image. With a mere wave of your hand across the multi-touch screen, you are able to glide effortlessly from neighbourhood to neighbourhood through the city streets. You are also be able to stop up and move closer to whatever catches your interest.
The WALL is a multimedia installation consisting of 4 multi-touch plasma screens with a total span of approximately 12 meters. During the next four years you will be able to find the WALL on various squares throughout Copenhagen, where it will be erected as part of the museum's communication strategy in connection with the archaeological excavations that are to be carried out in connection with the construction of Copenhagen's new City Ring Metro.
An enormous pictorial universe
Through an interface comprising a mixture of material from the museum's collections and contemporary photographs of the city, the WALL provides you with access to a voyage of discovery within the past, present and future of Copenhagen. When standing in front of the WALL you are be able to navigate the cityscape and access additional material located in the vast database underlying the project.
Imaginary time travel
By moving your hand along the timeline at the bottom of the cityscape screen, you are able to call forth changing historical images of the town. Modern-day Kongens Nytorv 2010 emerges before us as it looked down through the centuries. Then, with a single touch, you are able to move in close to the buildings and on through the streets. Alternatively, you are able to zoom in on particular historical settings, such as Great-Grandmothers Dairy which was situated on Vesterbro at the beginning of the 20th century. Up to eight users can set the town in motion from different perspectives at any given moment.
Call the stories forth with a single click
With a single click on a person, tower or park, stories are called forth regarding the everyday life experienced by Copenhageners at different points in history, in connection with major events in the city, business life and cultural tendencies. In short, one might say that these are stories on the development of the city and the ways in which it continues to change.
From Istedgade to the Opera
On Istedgade, a single click will bring you close to the motorbike Ellehammer built in his garage. Another click will bring you under the New Opera, where you can explore the 14th century Pomeranian merchant vessels which emerged during excavations in connection with the construction phase.
Upload your personal image of Copenhagen
Just as Copenhagen has continually developed up through history and will continue to change in the future, the WALL will also undergo changes during the next four years. The database encompassing the rich collection of pictures of Copenhagen will steadily grow as the WALL invites its users to expand upon the portrayals of the life, history and identity of the town shown on the WALL by uploading personal memories, pictures, films, music or texts. In other words, you can upload your own pictures and films on the WALL, comment on existing media or voice your opinions in a video-blog that may be recorded live at the WALL. In this way you can convey your personal stories of Copenhagen to the world at large. Again, you can do this either in-situ at the WALL, or here on our web-site.
Our intention in creating the WALL
The Museum of Copenhagen hereby wishes to kindle curiosity in, a desire for knowledge about and a delight in discussing, matters concerning the capital. Furthermore, the museum would like to present Copenhagen as a modern metropolis with a living, dynamic, relationship to its cultural heritage. By moving its communication activities into the streets of Copenhagen, the museum would like to create a street level meeting place, where citizens and/or guests to the city can exchange ideas on whatever facets of the city they find interesting. Hence, with the help of the WALL, the museum would like to recreate an exchange platform along the lines of that facilitated by the market-square of former times. Thus, the WALL aims to provide a platform for the exchange of opinions and story-telling, whereby the users themselves participate in interpreting the history of Copenhagen.