ZKM YOUbiläums Browser

2007 Karlsruhe, Germany
Coauthors: Jeffrey Shaw, Bernd Lintermann, Peter Weibel

Hardware: Huib Nelissen

The YOUbiläums Browser was created for the ZKM exhibition You_ser: The Century of the Consumer. It is an augmented reality installation that interactively positions virtual information in the physical space of a gallery or museum. It contains video clips that present the ten-year history of the ZKM Centre for Art and Media’s activities, from 1997 to 2007. 

Its physical construction is a set of rails mounted on the wall, along which a motorised video monitor can travel to ten positions. These positions are marked with labels for each year of the ZKM’s ten-year history. The viewer uses a lever on the monitor to control its movement in either direction, from one year’s location to the next. Once the screen is in a particular position, it plays a video clip that documents the major cultural events and artistic productions that took place at the ZKM during that year.

Since its invention in 1999, this ‘linear navigator’ concept has been iterated in various configurations and contexts, including the Net.Art Browser, the CityU Creative Media Centre Navigator and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum’s Pacifying The South China Sea Scroll Navigator. Chris Ziegler also used it to present his 2002 interactive artwork 66movingimages.

Exhibition Record

2007/10/21 - 2009/04/30 : YOU_ser: The Century of the Consumer, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2009/10/10 - 2011/05/08 : IMAGINING [email protected], ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany