Museums

Beeld en Geluid – Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Hilversum, The Netherlands

Hilversum is the major center of broadcast media production in Holland. Its Media Park is now home to the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid. Beeld en Geluid looks after 70% of the Dutch Audio-Visual heritage, comprising 700,000 hours of material. The building contains the archive in an underground vault; above ground, research facilities and public areas are housed in a huge cube decorated with striking images.

Newseum - The News is Alive on Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington DC

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A seven-level, high-tech interactive museum, the Newseum traces the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present. Originally located in Arlington, Virginia, the Newseum is now at the Capitol end of Pennsylvania Avenue. With most of the video displays and audio systems provided by Electrosonic, it boasts 250,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes 14 major galleries and a 4D time-travel experience.

Opel Co-ordination Centre

Berlin, Germany

In 2002, Electrosonic provided the audio-visual systems for the opening of the Opel Co-ordination Centre in Berlin, which included several state-of-the-art technologies at the time, such as 3D displays, touchscreens and interactive LCDs. The profile below is descriptive of the system at the time of opening in 2002.

The Opel Co-ordination Centre in the German capital of Berlin is located right next to the government district, providing the company with a direct link to the capital’s political and business communities. Opel in Berlin serves as a forum for lively exchanges of ideas with trade and industry associations, the media and the general public. The whole exhibition was designed by Stadler Project of Offenbach, who were also the project managers.

The Global Village at Expo 92 Seville

Seville, Spain

The Telecommunications Pavilion at EXPO 92, Seville, presented a sequence of shows in three theaters, with audio-visual engineering by Electrosonic. The highlight was a show called “The Global Village”, which used a massive 850-monitor videowall arranged 34x25. Weighing over 35 tons, and measuring 16m (53 feet) wide and 10m (33 feet) high, it was considered the world’s biggest videowall at the time – when measured by the number of separate display devices.

The videowall for “The Global Village” used powerful imagery to trace the history of communication from the first forms of script to the satellite communication of today. The architect’s design concept was that the videowall could, as part of the show, present a map of the world where each monitor was a “pixel”.