Mendelssohn Effektorium 2014, Germany, Leipzig

Virtual orchestra for the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Museum Leipzig

The Effektorium is a technically complex, but user friendly and exceedingly fun installation at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Museum in Leipzig.

The museum visitor enters the room to find himself at the conductors stand with digital music notes and an orchestra of 13 speakers in front of him. Each speaker represents a different group of instruments. The visitor is given a conductors´ stick, and the concert may begin. On the repertoire are works of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. By browsing the electronic note-pad the visitor freely chooses which work he/she wishes to conduct, and by swinging the conductors stick decides upon the tempo. The visitor can also exclude a certain group of instruments or decide to hear just one instrument solo. In this way one enjoys a very personalized version of Mendelssohn-Bartholdys work. The Effektorium is exceptional in its kind, and put the Museum of Medelssohn-Bartholdy among the most elaborate music museums in the world. The idea for the Effektorium originated in the cooperation between Bertron Schwarz Frey Studio and WHITEvoid. WHITEvoid also administered the implementation.


Building or project owner : Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Museum Leipzig

Project artist/ concept/ design/ planning : WHITEvoid


Participatory architecture & urban interaction