+Panic is an interactive large-scale projection of a school of fish that senses the space around and reacts to it. The installation is part of the inaugural exhibition After Nature in the Humboldt Labor at the Humboldt Forum Berlin. It symbolizes the main theme of the exhibition: Interactions and crises of natural and social systems.

The Humboldt Labor’s inaugural exhibition deals with the interdependencies of climate change and the loss of biodiversity and with worldwide challenges to democratic principles of order. It pools an entire range of research approaches to these and other current issues and relates them to positions from the history of science.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Venue / Location
Humboldt Lab at the Humboldt Forum, Berlin


Scope of Services
+ technical consulting
+ technical conception
+ technical planning / media engineering
+ support tendering process

Humboldt Labor

© Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philipp Plum

Thousands of digital fish inhabit the foyer of the exhibition, interacting sensitively with visitors and their behavior.

Using two ultra-wide-angle projectors and a projection mapping, a seamless, area-filling image is projected onto a large-format, curved curtain. Since the curtain is semi-transparent, the projection can be experienced from both sides.


3D cameras placed in the room make it interactive. They capture every single visitor and analyze parameters such as distance to the curtain, speed and direction of movement. These values directly influence the behavior of the swarm and also generate a reactive soundscape in real time.


The video gives an insight into different camera analysis data based on the captured movements. Both the visuals and the tracking were developed with VVVV by schnellebuntebilder.

Here you can dive deeper into the project and get more insights into the development: Panic


Media Scenography

Sound Scenography
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Media Planning
schnellebuntebilder in collaboration with hergarten / interactive environments, COOP. Projektgesellschaft mbH

Exhibition Design
Inside Outside/Petra Blaisse

Project Management Humboldt Labor
Maria Ollesch, Frauke Stuhl (till March 2020)

Production Management Humboldt Labor
Anna Kalvelage

Curatorial Direction
Dr. Gorch Pieken

Media engineering
Pro Video

Exhibition construction
D4 Projekt GmbH
Movie Tech AG

Copyright Photography
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philipp Plum, schnellebuntebilder

Camera Video Documentation
Nikolaus Götz

Editing Video Documentation
Tim Rumpf

Composition Video Documentation
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