PLAY is an interactive community art project commissioned by project agency EILAND8. During this project in 2012, the Kanaleneiland district in Utrecht (NL) was undergoing a large scale renovation which included the demolition of old buildings and the construction of new housing blocks and facilities. Original residents were forced to move and the empty housing was temporarily rented out to creative companies and students to keep the district, temporarily dubbed as Eiland 8, liveable and vibrant.
Together with Wilke Heijnen (artist, museologist) and Felice Mul (cultural entrepreneur), Vliegwerk worked with local artists and residents to tell the story of how people living in Eiland8 experienced their developing neighborhood.
The project evolved around a surrealistic living room at Marshalllaan 279 in the center of Kanaleneiland. This living room contained an interactive video mapping installation and an exposition of art and furniture created by local artists for the project. It also displayed the work made by residents during one of the many workshops that took place in and around the living room. A large window frame reflected what the person living in that room would see: a vibrant view of the outside world.
A beamer was used to project videos in a large mapped window frame. Local artists recorded videos for the project within the district during day and night. The videos playing in the window frame matched the time of day. Visitors were able to activate short videos of artists and residents telling their stories while standing outside of the living room by pressing a PLAY-button.
The LED-illuminated PLAY-button contained an IR-sensor connected to an Arduino. On activation, this Arduino sent a signal (OSC) to a Quartz Composition running on a Mac Mini, interrupting its algorithm responsible playing videos that matched the time of day. This Quartz Composition generated a Syphon video stream which could be processed and mapped within the window frame using Mad Mapper.
Video impression of the opening event (March 30, 2012).
An early video preview of the project which includes footage of local artists at work in and around the living room of PLAY.