“I want to know what's going on in a book while it's closed. Of course it only contains letters that are printed on paper, but still… ”, muses Bastian Balthasar Bux in Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. The manuscript of the novel, in which Bastian explores the world of literature looking and not just reading, is one of the more than 180 exhibits that we show in the permanent exhibition in the Museum of Modern Literature.
These exhibits are like closed books. Of course, they are mostly made of paper and often only contain letters ... but still: We experience with them how literature has been made, what remains of it in an archive like the German Literature Archive in Marbach, why texts are so and not different, what stories are hidden behind them or happening at their margins, how other people read them and much more.
With the AR app literaturbewegen, visitors can read these exhibits in the museum and at home in a new way: They can fade in other levels of reality that show movements and sounds, signs, structures, figures, images and Stories unfold.
In the Museum of Modern Literature, these exhibits are specially marked with a sticker and lead across the 20th century - from Hermann Hesse, Christian Morgenstern and Rainer Maria Rilke to Franz Kafka, Else Lasker-Schüler, Alfred Döblin and Erich Kästner to Gottfried Benn and Hilde Domin , Hans Magnus Enzensberger and WG Sebald.
With a flipbook (https://kurzelinks.de/af8m) they can also be set in motion at home. Simply point the camera of your tablet or smartphone towards it and: move literature!