Augmented Temple, 2017

Jewish Museum Berlin

Augmented Temple is a media installation that explains the religious site of the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem between 20 B.C. and 70 A.D. The core of the installation is an architectural model of the vast complex which once sat on the Temple Mount and attracted up to 10,000 visitors on special occasions. The model is augmented with a projection that shows the different areas of the temple. It also visualises the stream of visitors in the course of a typical day and presents exemplary visitors to the temple.

When looking through the four ‘viewers’ pointing at the model, one can dive into  various rich scenes. One‘s gaze follows a virtual camera moving through the many visitors who have assembled e.g. for Yom Kippur or the pilgrimage festival.

The scenes give a lively impression of the specific rituals and activities performed at the site: the purchase of sacrificial animals, their preparation and offering, the transfer of sins on a billy goat, dances or money change. The design of the detailed scenes is based on scientific findings and encompassed the modelling of approximately 3,000 single figures.

Augmented Temple was developed for the exhibition “Welcome to Jerusalem” at the Jewish Museum Berlin.