Museum für Kommunikation
After our individual excursions to different countries, we continued class the next day with Doctor Professor Instructor Dirk Mario to the amazing Museum für Kommunikation ( The Museum of Communication) in Potsdamer Platz which was only a couple of stops away from Zoologischer Garten. The building itself had a great presence and held a lot of history. It was originally the largest post station in Europe in the 1830’s, and during World War II it was repurposed as a space for the Soviet Aviation Unit but was eventually bombed and took heavy amounts of damage. Then in the 1900’s the building was given to the Kaunas Association of Communications Companies for reconstruction which was then made into what it is today. Our tour guide informed us that during the reconstruction, the architects and designers purposefully kept the old remnants of the building from the war and changed very little. It was amazing to see large bullet holes in the cement walls and be able to identify the real marble pillars from the fake ones.
Although the history of the building held great ground, the museum itself lived up to the name. The museum is a very interactive place that focuses on changing the way people deal with signs, codes, and media. It also has an amazing collection of classic, historical, and new technologies that allows the audience to compare and contrast the main medium that we use in a everyday basis. Upon entering the space, we were semi-greeted by two robots made from different parts of machines who were programmed to approach anyone in their radius and talk with them. They were given eyeballs and a function that allows that to blink and look around. We also played an activity where we held a stick with three rows of smaller sticks that can be moved into place to convey a letter (an alphabet has already been made and we had reference on a sheet of paper). We were divided into three teams where the first team ( Team Zero) starts relaying the message through individual letters onto the second team (Die Heßkiste) where they relay the same message onto the third team ( Team One). The message we decided to send was “If you will” which is an inside joke that Ming habitually says.
We also played another interactive, hands on, game of communication that involved primitive hand signs. The game required two people (one controlling the crane hand and another that tells the person in charge of the crane what to do) where the person that controlled the crane couldn’t see what was going on, but had to trust the primitive hand signs the other partner is signing them to do. It was a very team building and trust building exercise that allowed us to practice and realize the level of communication that we can convey without having to say a single word. Although we did experience a lot and see a lot, our time was cut a bit short due to our upcoming German class, but needless to say, I had a blast and I definitely will go back again before my time in Deutschland Berlin is over.