In the class “Auftragsorientiertes Gestalten” (supervisor Melitta Moschik) the Information Design students (year 2017) got the opportunity to submit a design idea for a way finding system that helps people stay within the given route of the “Klanglicht”. It is a mixture of sound and light installations, as well as massive projections. This year it is going to be on the 21st to 23rd of April 2019 in Graz.

The awarded way finding system created by Lorenz Andexer and Matthias Pöschl that will be realized this year is based on a modular arrangement of the elements and can thus be adapted to the different locations. The elements consist of rentable barriers which are covered with printed tarpaulin. The tarpaulin is attached to the grid by means of eyelets and fastening straps. Furthermore, the surface is made of a reflective material. The medium can be printed upon and still reflects the light in the unprinted areas. The ambient light is enough to make the elements glow, so there is no need for electrical power on the spot.

This results in a path that always gives the visitors one clear direction, if they want to follow the signs. Since the elements are modular and mobile, it is also possible to adapt the route and to add new locations. This feature is also important during the daytime, as elements that hinder traffic can easily be moved out of the way.

The basic concept for the graphical extension of the system results from the deconstruction of the name at the level of the natural sciences and their theories. By breaking down the term “Klanglicht” – “sound-light”, it was split into the two components sound and light: the sound entity being an acoustic signal and light as a visual-aesthetic-perceptible phenomenon. Sound is defined as a phenomenon of acoustic perception through reception of vibrations in any given medium and light as a dualistic outgrowth in waves or particles. Through this approach they connect and reflect on the projects with their wayfinding system, show the way for the visitors with the light of the installations and the environment and thus support the flow of visitors. The guidance system does not present itself as equal to the artistic works, but subordinates to them, reflects and holds together the different works with its uniform appearance.

Text & Photography: Lorenz Andexer, Matthias Pöschl