Travelscope got selected as a Webby Awards Official Honoree

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Travelscope just got selected as an Official Honoree at The 20th Annual Webby Awards in the Web: NetArt category.

Among the 13,000 entries received this year from 65 countries, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded to the top 20% of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement.

Travelscope visualises the travel freedom attached to passports and the complex visa regulations across the globe.

Online application:
http://www.markuslerner.com/travelscope/

Interactive table at Hersbruck/Happurg documentation site

The Hersbruck/Happurg documentation site records the history of the second largest satellite camp of the Floss­en­bürg concentration camp. It consists of two modules: one in Hersbruck, the former camp, and another one in Happurg, the former place of forced labor.

The Hersbruck module features a panoramic video of the surroundings of Hersbruck and a large multitouch table. It displays the names of all the 9,000 known prisoners from all over Europe who were held captive there between July 1944 and April 1945. 90 representative biographies featuring stories, animated quotes and images can be explored. The interactive display was designed and programmed by Markus Lerner in collaboration with Bertron Schwarz Frey, Berlin/Ulm, who created the exhibition architecture for the documentation site.

The documentation site Hersbruck/Happurg is opening to the public on Monday, 25th January.

Further information:
Project documentation
Press Release by the Bavarian State Parliament
Announcement by the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial

Locations:
Hersbruck module: Badstr. 145, 91217 Hersbruck
Happurg module: Südring/An der Hunnenschlucht, 91230 Happurg

Multi-screen installation ‘Wortarbeit’ at Grimmwelt Kassel

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The new Grimmwelt Kassel shows the faceted œvre of the Brothers Grimm and unfolds the impact of their work until today and in the future.

In collaboration with TheGreenEyl, Markus Lerner developed and interactive installation called “Wortarbeit”. In reference to the famous German Dictionary (1838–1854/1961) by the Brothers Grimm the installation attempts to capture the visitors’ associations with words. Within a predefined set of formulas (word connections), one word has to be explained by another word entered by the visitor. The results is a chain that grows endlessly word by word, which can be explored in multiple ways.

The Grimmwelt Kassel is open to the public from 5h September 2015.

Travelscope – a visual exploration of the travel freedom attached to passports

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The weight and the travel freedom attached to a passport vary drastically across nationalities. International visa-regulations are very complex and often non-transparent. They reflect the economical and geopolitical situations as well as the relationships of countries.

This interactive experiment aims to cast some light on these structures and make it easy to find out which countries an individual of a certain nationality can travel to without a visa or with visa on arrival.

I wanted to create an intuitive and instant way to find out how many countries a certain national can travel to without a visa or with visa on arrival – and which nationals can enter a certain country without a visa.

The web application also features a responsive design and directly works on any iOS device (iPhone/iPad) running iOS 8 or newer and on recent Android versions.

The interactive map is programmed using D3.js and Three.js; the visa data are pulled from Wikipedia in regular intervals.

Online application:
http://www.markuslerner.com/travelscope/

Markuslerner.com website relaunch

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I finally relaunched my interaction design portfolio website: markuslerner.com

It starts off with a minimalistic responsive fullscreen slideshow. Detailed information about each project can be accessed via the plus button. The Menu disappears after an idle timeout in order to keep the look clean and simple.

The programming is based on the amazing Touchfolio wordpress theme by Dmitry Semenov and is powered by WordPress, jQuery, ModernizrExCanvastween.jsRoyalSliderGoogle Webfonts (Raleway), Fontello.

A big thank you to all my clients and collaborators for making these projects possible.

 

Mendelssohn-Effektorium at Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig

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After a ten months of renovation and extension, the Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig, opened again featuring an interactive orchestra I developed on behalf of WHITEvoid.

Visitors can select one of the works of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and conduct the virtual orchestra or choir by moving the coductor’s baton. Voice groups can be controlled individually and different room situations can be set. The installation also allows one to compare modern and historical instruments.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.