Hennhouse

Hennhouse

In our fancy interactive media house you can inform yourself about current research of our institute. Just drop by.

Opening Hours:
December 1 - March 31
daily 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

April 1 - November 30
daily 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our guests can come without prior reservations and experience our institute’s work and current research through film and slideshows. Fifteen computers, five video projectors, a Dolby-Surround system, ten touch screen monitors integrated into the glass walls as well as projection areas on the walls and floor show our scientists’ worldwide research and current projects. We can update and stage the input at any time, for example to show current migration routes out of the movebank databank. We project different films onto the front screen. Additionally, you can learn about our research projects in slideshows.

The first segment of Maxcine, the Hennhouse, was realized between 2009 and May 2010.  It is based on Babette Eid’s idea in cooperation with the media designers Schukat and Reuter and in agreement with the director of the institute.  Due to its central position on campus, the former chicken house of the old castle mill was a suitable building for visitors, who often pass by incidentally, to inform themselves independently and interactively about our institute.

On the one hand, the idyllically situated historic building should keep its original form and only attract attention made by small deliberate changes.  The artist Sebastion Sieber from Zürich painted a mural on the road-facing side of the building as an eye catcher.  It presents the complex, multi-faceted levels of bird migration from different perspectives and blends into the surrounding countryside.

On the other hand, we wanted to transfer guests into a completely different world once setting foot into the inconspicuous house.  The color blue and the clouds projected onto the floor and glassed-walls convey a feeling of the element “air.”

<span id="eow-title" class="watch-title " title="Bird migrations in Movebank: Americas" dir="ltr">Bird migrations in Movebank: Americas</span>
Researchers track migrations of individual birds around the globe using satellite and GPS technology. This video, along with the video "Bird migrations in Movebank: Americas" shows the recorded movements of 1,654 individual birds that were tracked between 1992 and 2012. The data represent 58 species, over 2 million locations, and 276,800 tracking days. The movements are shown over the course of a single year—see the date in the lower left corner. The data used to make this video are stored at Movebank, an online database of animal tracking data (movebank.org). For more information contact support@movebank.org.
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