On behalf of ACCIONA Producciones y Diseno, S.A. (APD), Tamschick Media+Space completed a large format, interactive media installation for the Wu Kingdom Helv Relics Museum in Wuxi/China. The completely projected 400 sq m space interactively tells the story of the Kingdom Wu. Visitors are immersed in a 15-minute story about the rise of the Kingdom of Wu during the Spring and Autumn Period between 514-496 BC. The agency created a unique visual style as a mix of cinematic martial arts scenes shot in Shanghai combined with paint-style animations. The linear storytelling is enhanced with interactive elements that reinforce the visitors’ feeling of being transported back in time, away to King Helv’s coming into power, his fight for hegemony, the victory at the battle of Boju and other great legends of that period. That’s how we think a time machine should work.
Behind the unique experience is a complex network comprising of 22 high-resolution projectors and more than 30 synchronised computers. These process the signals of 14 tracking cameras, generate real-time 2D and 3D graphics and blend them with the pre-produced film footage. To enhance this immersive experience, both sidewalls are fully covered with mirrors. A spatial sound design with more than 30 channels that are connected to the different interactives reinforces the impression. This boundless space immerses the visitors into the legendary world of King Helv.