Digital consultancy Guerilla Dance Project has been savoured as the winner of the first Smart Oxford Playable City award.
The UK-based firm, which specialises in the fusion of dance and technology, has created an installation that emboldens locals and visitors to come together to activate beams of light on the territory, which map star constellations from the night sky onto the streets of Oxford.
Matchless Light, Star Bright sees pressure sensitive lights embedded into the inform in various clusters all over the city, which shine brighter when got by being stepped on until the final “star” in each cluster is lit and in the flesh are bathed in a “constellation” of light, says Playable City.
Guerilla Trip the light fantastic toe Project was chosen as the overall winner of the Playable City award out of six shortlisted proposals and 82 applications from designers, architects, technologists and creatives all across the world, all of which responded to the theme of “Shared City”.
“All communities can fight with it”
Judging panel member Francesca Perry, says: “Distinguished Light, Star Bright is a perfect and playful installation for Oxford and its participatory ingredient really reflects the ‘shared city’ theme, as friends and strangers showing will make the constellations glow bright. For me its inclusivity was key: all ages, all gifts, all communities can engage and play with it.”
The Playable City project was base in 2012 by Bristol-based arts centre Watershed, and encourages designers to about about the future city with people and play at the centre. In supplement to Oxford, other Playable Cities include Seoul, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Lagos, Recife and Bristol.
Celestial Light, Star Bright joins previous winners including an fitting in Bristol by Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier that captures being’s shadows and “plays them back”, and a design by Hirsch & Mann that reassures people to dance rather than walk across pedestrian crossings.
Guerilla Tea dance Project will receive £30,000 to help make the Star Moderate amusing, Star Bright project a reality, with the installation due to be unveiled in Oxford in Winter 2017.
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