Bayer has managed to satisfy the hunger for science with its communications centre BayKomm. The ecologically designed building is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding park landscape with a generous foyer is perfectly suited to use as a venue for events. Theme rooms with many interactive areas provide answers to the most diverse questions from all areas of life, but also raise new questions for discussion. BayKomm is an all-round experience.
facts and fiction made was asked to produce an emotional, documentary-style film with clever visual and acoustic tricks to work as an appetizer for the centre. The modern, upbeat film is primarily directed towards the young. Its internationally understood message is simply that at BayKomm there is an awful lot going on. We see images from a great variety of events and of moments at the topical spaces that all have a great deal to do with dialogue and communication.
Moments of dialogue are shown – the small communicative gestures of the the visitors, attendants and speakers. The reactions when something has been tried out in the theme rooms or to an enlightening answer are also part of the film. The camera makes use of close-ups and shows individual reactions in cut-away with a shallow depth of field.
The questions are not just posed, but visualised as typographically detaching themselves from the people and floating in our direction while the background gradually blurs. The questions are intercut with short and fast picture sequences offering possible answers. Modern, emotional music underpins the film maintaining the suspense.
The film is characterised by different situations with different individuals at different events. The situations have a purely documentary feel, although in many cases during shooting we had to stage moments with actual visitors, attendants and sometimes actors. The result presents BayKomm as an extremely lively scientific meeting place with modern exhibitions, extraordinary events and a lot of time for dialogue.