Telling some of the more difficult stories of Jersey’s wartime occupation meant we had to go underground… literally - creating a high impact immersive installation in a tunnel at Jersey War Tunnels.
From the first stages of in-depth research to considered design and technology, our aim was to elevate the experience for all demographics of visitor, using modern installation tech and methods to educate through impactful experience and leave a legacy.
The tunnel environment disorients senses, and allows viewers to be enclosed within an projected environment, fully immersed in the storytelling and sound design. Projection-mapped technology on both sides of the tunnel created two complementary stories using design, motion graphics, typographic transitions and resonating sound design to deliver the stories. Modelled, wire-framed and rigged photorealistic interpretations of the slave workers brought to life the emotions of struggle, escape, survival and tragedy.
'We wanted to ensure the new addition to the exhibition was high tech and impressive, and that’s certainly been achieved with this installation.'
'However, this is not just about the technology, and we have been impressed by the amount of research which went into the project by the team at The Observatory. Their passion for the project was evident from start to finish.'
The completely bespoke soundscape amplifies the impact of the storytelling with frequencies chosen to evoke fear, anticipation and ‘get under the skin’ of visitors in this hostile parabolic space. Sound is a powerful medium – while you can look away from visual material, you can’t shut your ears. It's impossible to ignore, capturing minds and evoking emotions.
Working in a hostile environment posed unusual challenges. The tunnels are 30 metres underground with zero connectivity, meaning the two-week hardware install had to be carried out without any online software or mobile phone connection - a total blackout in terms of communicating with the outside world.
‘One of our aims in regard to the ‘Captive Island’ Exhibition is to keep it in the forefront of the local population and tourists alike and each year improvements and changes have been made with this aim in mind.'
'This year, we wanted to produce something iconic to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of the Occupation. We are extremely pleased with the results achieved by the team at The Observatory.’
If you want to build something big, do all the small things right.