15 January 2016 to 21 February 2016
Thirteen scientific collections and archives from the Ruhr University Bochum and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (German mining museum) are on show in a new pop-up exhibition, in a showroom format that will allow visitors to get up close and personal with the historic artefacts on display.
Following on from the success of the boscol pop-up showroom on Bochum's main shopping stretch, the exhibition has moved from the Blue Square, the city centre exhibition base of the Ruhr University, to the museum.
This unconventional exhibition combines the curious and the exotic with the everyday, the known with the unknown, the artistic with the technical and the unique with the mass-produced. This kaleidoscopic experience is designed to awaken curiosity about the world of objects around us, and prompt visitors to ask surprising and exciting questions.
The 'lookbook' that accompanies the exhibition tells the stories behind the objects, answering some of these questions, and provides further background to the collections. Ample copies are available for visitors to use during their visit. For those wanting to look beyond the words on the page, QR codes provide access to fascinating background information in sound and film clips.
Visitors can also watch an interactive video created and published to YouTube by students at RUB to learn more about the people behind the collections. A geocaching task allows visitors to trace and discover the homes of the collections.