Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow thematizes the bombing nights of World War 2 and the reconstruction of the former Feilitzschplatz as a forum at the Münchner Freiheit in the style of Brutalism. In the interactive augmented reality installation the reality of the forum is analyzed and extended by virtual 3D sculptures.


Type of intervention: Installation
Project character: Art
Theme: Augmented Reality / Brutalism
Project Objective: Activation / Discourse

Project location: Munich; Schwabing; Forum Münchner Freiheit 7
Project dimension: approx. 3,570 m2

Project period: 05.07.2019 - 2021/24
Project duration: 2 - 5 years
Project frequency: permanent
Project timeline: in planning

Type of open space: square
Ownership: public land
Accessibility: access may be restricted - smartphone and headphones required

Client*s: Cultural Department of the City of Munich // Administration
Creators: Barbara Herold // artist
Project partners: Kim Ramona Ranalter (sound design / composition), Frank Groh (app development), Simon Kummer (sound mastering) // artist*, developer*, sound designer*.
Other actors: App users

(Commissioned) budget: Department of Culture, City of Munich // Administration
Funding: unknown
Own funds: unknown

Planning context ★★★☆☆
Thematic planning context:
By means of a smartphone augmented reality app, a reality of a public space extended by virtual elements is made experiencable and designable.

Spatial planning reference:
The installation is an artistic examination of the (post-) war history of the Forum an der Münchner Freiheit or the former Feilitzschplatz in the context of future redesign. The terraced, brutalist concrete landscape designed by the architect Erhard Duwenhögger in 1971 caused resentment among the population for a long time; on the other hand, the forum became a popular meeting place; demands arose for more citizen use of the space as well as for an overall plan for the redesign of Münchner Freiheit.

Research sources
Breu & Schneider GmbH Verlag und Werbeagentur, 2018. stores instead of citizen use. New plans for the Forum at Münchner Freiheit. (, JUN. 21, 2019).
Herold, Barbara, 2019. stack overflow AR - PROjECT. (, 21.06.2019)
Kulturreferat, Abt. 1 - Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, 2018. competition Kunst im öffentlichen Raum for project proposals up to EUR 15.000,- gross for the year 2019: "Frequenzen". (öffentlichen%20raum%20-%20frequenzen.pdf, 13.06.2019)
City of Munich, 2019. frequencies - acoustic dimensions of the city. (, 13.06.2019)

Melissa Apoloya, Victoria Wakulicz

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Editorial revision
Johann-Christian Hannemann, Felix Lüdicke, Julia Treichel