ZieZo Marokko

ZieZo Marokko

Architect
Kossmanndejong

Tropenmuseum
Location
Tropenmuseum Junior, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project Year
2015
Category
Exhibitions
Thijs Wolzak

ZieZo Marokko

Kossmanndejong as Architects

INTERACTIVE EXPLORATION OF THE MEDINA Following the previously successful exhibitions ‘Death Matters’ and ‘Bisjpoles’ at the Tropenmuseum, Kossmann.dejong has designed the new interactive exhibition ‘Ziezo Marokko’ for Tropenmuseum Junior. In it, children and families are taken on an exciting tour of discovery through Morocco.


Immediately upon entering, young visitors board a plane. During the flight heading south they are introduced to the adventures that lie ahead. Once landed, they seem to find themselves in a Moroccan medina; the theatrically laid out exhibition space has been turned into a white city comprising a labyrinth of streets and alleys, squares and vistas. Through spatial play and optical illusion using light and shadow, a seemingly endless world has been created.


Four well-known Dutch Moroccans have taken on the role of tour guide. They have each designed a guest room, in which they recount their personal experiences with the country. This is the starting point for the interactive exploration through the medina. Like a metaphor for life itself, full of surprises and unexpected detours, colourful worlds are hidden behind each door, which contrast with the serene, white city structure. All senses are stimulated, and children can for instance cook in a fragrant Moroccan kitchen, make mosaic patterns in a riad, or go on a wild ride that takes them through Moroccan landscapes and cities.


These interactive, audiovisual experiences are combined with objects embedded in an environment full of stories. What is unique is that these objects are not only derived from the museum’s collection, but have also been collected during a special trip to Morocco. These authentic elements, which include wooden Moroccan doors and mosaic tiles, make this an extremely realistic experience.


The adventure comes to an end when children make a lip dub (a clip in which people sing along or mimic singing), which they can share via social media or with their friends and family. When they board the plane that takes them back home again they will leave with new experiences and insights.


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