In early 2021 we teamed up with the City of Ghent, its museums and an impressive list of partners from the corporate, cultural and academic world for the Collections of Ghent project. This collected heritage converged into the CoGent Box, an immersive, high-tech and mobile experience room produced by Fisheye.
Collections of Ghent: digitizing heritage
For Collections of Ghent, the City and its museums and archives are collaborating with partners from the corporate, cultural, and academic world to digitize an invaluable collection of more-or-less 100,000 objects, stories and documents. This collected heritage will converge in CoGent, an immersive, high-tech and mobile experience room. Visitors will be able to participate by adding personal stories about the cultural heritage displayed in the CoGent box.
Mobile experience room
What started out as a sparkling 3D render was translated into technical designs by our digital team. Our workshop wizards started construction on steel baseframes, wooden walls and many other interior and exterior components. On the inside our tech team joined forces with Inuits to implement multiple technical features for visitors to discover in this mobile experience room that will traverse 3 neighbourhoods in Ghent. Not only do visitors get to enjoy a broad view of the cultural heritage in Ghent, they will also be able to participate by adding personal stories to this shared cultural heritage of Ghent.
"This project is unique in Flanders. This high tech box allows citizens of Ghent not only to discover our rich history but also become a part of it. It's a strong, innovative project on the intersection of culture, heritage, technology and creative entrepreneurship." We couldn't have said it any better than Ghent mayor Mathias De Clercq. Once again we combined our productional skills from welding to woodwork and painting with an elaborate technological layer. If you can dream it, team Fisheye can build it.
On the road
The CoGent box will travel from 29 April 2022 in Wondelgem, Watersportbaan-Ekkergem and Sluizeken-Tolhuis-Ham. After that, the CoGent box will have a permanent place in DING, the new wing of Design Museum Gent.
Whether it is engaging citizens to join a cultural research project or attracting target audiences to a mobile installation, our team is always ready for a challenge. It’s safe to say this production will draw quite some attention and we’re happy to see it taking on the road.
More info & locations:
- City of Ghent;
- 3 local public authorities: AGB Art and Design; AGB Heritage; Digipolis;
- 1 higher education and research institution: Ghent University;
- 2 NGOs: VIAA; iDrops;
- 3 private companies: Studio Dott; Inuits; Fisheye;
- 1 SME: Chase Creative.