Angst – a typically German emotional state?
Conception and design of the travelling exhibition (all HOAI phases), exhibition design, graphics and lighting, design and production of the exhibition media, media hardware planning, production management, cost controlling, expenditure reports
The Germans are known for their sense of “angst”. The concept is broader than an individual’s sense of fear or anxiety: it refers to a social phenomenon that is fuelled by the media. This is a collective emotion that is glaringly present throughout the crises and disasters of German history.
The exhibition, which is hosted jointly by the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn and the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, examines Germans’ collective fears and the issues that have driven Germans following the Second World War. Fear of immigration issues, fear of nuclear war, fear of environmental destruction and fear of total surveillance are explored in four sections of the exhibition.
The team at the Haus der Geschichte presents pictures, objects and media items in this richly stocked and carefully curated exhibition. Large projections with images and slogans from the four subject areas create an intense atmosphere. The exhibition invites visitors to participate via hands-on stations and offers food for thought. For example, the question “What do you think we will be afraid of in 2030?” can be answered in a visual survey at the end of the exhibition. The entrance area is an anamorphosis of the term ANGST, a projection that is only readable from one point of view and otherwise appears distorted. The sections are marked by frugal colour accents. IGLHAUT + von GROTE has designed the accompanying print materials as well as the exhibition architecture.