aproposluther – An interactive art installation on the occasion of the anniversary of Reformation

aproposluther

WHAT’S PLANNED?
Through individual stations references are made to its hospitable dinner parties and the basic ideas of the Reformation.

WHEN?
From 21 September 2017, the installation will be accessible to visitors at the Konstantin Basilika Trier.

Project

AproposLuther was initiated by the Trier University of Applied Sciences by Professor Daniel Gilgen. The project was concepted and realised by an interdisciplinary team of students from the departments of design (Intermedia Design / Architecture) and Informatics.

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, the interactive installation offers its visitors a total of five stations, the opportunity to playfully deal with the life and work of Martin Luther. Thereby, the core ideas of the Reformation movement are also examined in detail and brought into a current context.

The project is supported by the “Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Trier” (EKKT). In addition, it is one of the selected EU projects with cross-border value funded by the INTERREG program.

From 21 September 2017, the installation will be accessible to visitors at the Konstantin Basilika Trier. On 24 September 2017 (Sunday), the Reformation Festival of the EKKT will conclude the installation.

Opening hours

21. – 24.09.2017

Thursday 21.09:
} 11 am – 6 pm
Friday 22.09:
} 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 23.09:
} 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 24.09:
} 11:30 am – 6 pm

Concept

AproposLuther deals with both the person and the work of the reformer. Through the individual stations a references are made to its hospitable dinner parties and the basic ideas of the Reformation.

The installation is implemented on the square in front of and in the basilica, with the larger area inside. The two areas are connected virtually on both sides of the facade by a projection.

The installation architecture symbolizes, as a consistent form, the influence of Martin Luther’s work on the events of the past centuries – from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age. Out of the form, different rooms and levels arise at different heights. Five stations encourage the visitors to interact with the subjects of the Reformation in an interactive and playful way.

At the entrance of the installation, inside the basilica, the visitors will receive a digitally enhanced playing card – the Luther[Card] – with which they log on to the individual stations and become part of the installation. A certain color on the card assigns each visitor to one of four game groups.

The games are designed in a way that one person from each group takes part in each round. This concept is based on the principal that you get to interact with other visitors, regardless of their social, ethnic or religious background. A respectful and open interaction with each other is encouraged, because the visitors have to agree with each other and are rewarded within the games by a community experience.

Thus AproposLuther is not only a bridge to our modern digital era, but also stands for a peaceful intercultural meeting in the sense of the Reformation movement.