To this day, the traditional approach of museums is to present the past and the events of history through a story, facts, exhibits, photos or video. We are so used to the fact that all the time we are just bystanders who indirectly and remotely touch the story, and we don’t even think about this issue.
Is it enough? It hardly is.
Why don’t we change the position of the visitor from a bystander to a direct participant in the fighting at Tutrakan in 1916? The story of the Battle of Tutrakan is the story of living people who gave and risked their lives for the future generations. That is why it is an integral part of their and our destiny. To us, they are heroes, but they were just people who went to defend the land, their children and their lives. Let us try to experience these events side by side with them, not as heroes, but as ordinary people, running across the battlefield and hearing the whistling of bullets and feeling death all around.
It was important for us to recreate the atmosphere and mise-en-scène as realistically as possible, so that given the VR technology for the presentation of the work, the viewer for a moment loses sight of reality and transports to the battlefield, experiencing the horror, death and emotions that were everyday life for the people on the battlefields of the First World War. The explosions, the constant artillery fire from the Romanian position, the machine gun fire and the incessant shots coming from the Romanian trenches, the smoke, the mud and the bodies of the wounded and dead Bulgarian soldiers lying on the wire fences, the feeling of vulnerability and horror of what was happening, will be a moment to immerse us in the actions, and not just to observe but to experience the history.
Neither more nor less offers the new exposition of the Historical Museum in Tutrakan.
Storyliving or the experience of history.