The Old Town (Aarhus)


Taarnborg - 1974 apartments





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Taarnborg - 1974 apartments

For The Old Town's new '70 district Cordura has developed exciting interactive solutions, which – together with the museum's impressive exhibition – takes the audience back in time to the year 1974.

In the Old Town project 'The modern city', Cordura has developed a series of interactive installations for 3 of the apartments in the building "Taarnborg".

In the 3 apartments we meet the former headmistress, Miss Sneum, the nuclear family and residents from the commune "Skansen".

The audience enters a time warp of furnitures, devices, art, smells, feelings and more from the '70s when they enter the exhibition. Through the interactive installations the audience become a participating part of the exhibition, where all senses are activated. The interactive installations also give the exhibition a modern touch and supports the illusion of another time.  The new town district is an active playground for the visitors who come to experience the 70's from a whole new angle and thus will have a fun and different experience of Denmark in the 70s.

Below the individual installations are briefly described:

The interactive dressing room

In the interactive dressingroom, in the commune, the visitors can experience contemporary hippie clothes on their body. By stepping in front of the interactive screen, the visitor is reflected on the screen wearing different clothes typical of the period from the 70s - and originally worn by the collectivists - the former residents. the visitor can switch clothes by using a simple 'wsipe' gesture with either hand, and a new outfit appears and covers the visitor's body - just like a paper dressing dole. 


The pinboard - located in the commune common area - gives a political insight into some of the dilemmas of the 70s. The different topics are presented as flyers, posters ect. which are all placed randomly on the board. Visitors can select individual items by clicking on the objects on tyhe pinboard, which will then blow up large with an explanatory text on the subject.  

The pinboard is based on Corduras TouchWall solution.

The record player

The record player in Vibekes room in the commune gives the visitors the opportunity to hear a selection of songs frem the '70s. The visitor takes the desired cover and holds it/scans it over the record player. The record player will now start and play the desired track from the selected record, while the visitor will be brought back in time.

Common shower

In the commune bathroom a video of two collectivists taking a shared bath is showing on the shower curtain. The video is projected on the shower curtain from behind. The woman and the man are having a dialogue on comtemporary everyday topics typical for the commune-residents.

The film is co-produced by 'Fenris Film'.

The desktop

In the former headmistress, Miss Sneums, apartment a large touch screen is fitted in to a desk, which used to belong to her father - a politician in the 70s. The desk provides a personal insight into her fathers life as a politician ind the 70s.

On the desktop, visitors can search for knowledge about the fathers professional life and his political position. Through the political agenda which is mediated through the desktop, the visitors can get an impression of what Miss Sneum was affected by during har childhood.

The desktop is based on Corduras TouchWall solution.

TV room

In Miss Sneums TV room Cordura has installed a modern screen in a television from the '70s. On the screen a household movie from the '70s is playing.

The installation is made in collaboration with OT Lab. 

Audio setting

The diningroom in Miss Sneums apartment sets the framework of a audio setting, which consists of common sounds from the '70s - heard from inside the apartment. The visitors can amongst other sounds hear guitar playing from the apartment next door, a latern from the neighbor apartment, dogs barking outside, cars driving by and many other sounds.

Dining scene

In the nuclear family apartment the dining table is virtual set for dinner and a ordinary everyday scene inspired from the family's life is played out. The film plays on the table using a projector mounted on the ceiling.

The film is co-produced by 'Fenris Film'.

Kitchen movie

In the kitchen in the nuclear family apartment a screen is fitted in the display corner cabinet, which plays a number of housewife films about cooking in the '70s.

Video presentations

In each apartment Cordura has produced a video presentation of the residents. In each film the respondents tells about themselves, their homes and their lives in 1974.

The interviews and recordings are made by the The Old City, while Cordura is behind the editing and finishing.