The City you Dreamed of
When we were kids people would say “Draw your dream city” And we would. With colourful abandon. But now we're grown up. We're living in these cities. Are they the ones you dreamed of?
Tumbling out of the back of a re-appropriated tip-up truck will come huge building blocks, all colours and shapes. An open invitation to play, build your dream city, knock it down, and then build it again. Colour it in, move it around, inscribe it with your undying love and share your dreams with the person next to you.
As kids everything had the potential for magic, so embedded sensors will allow us to make unexpected combinations of blocks sing, light up and slide open. Throughout the two months the truck will meander through the city, surprising people in their daily routine and encouraging them to re-imagine their city. Capturing their creations on stop-time cameras and through the sensors inside the blocks.
Films of Bristol's dream cities will be projected in a central location- alongside new beautiful data mashups of blocks' movements.
With every city we tour to, footage of the inspiring creations will be collected, creating a testament to the cities we want to build. The cities we dream of.
This Playable City Award idea is brought to you by:
Laura Kriefman, a choreographer and creative technologist.
She loves exploring objects and how technology can help make everyday things magical again, how we can encourage people to pick things up, move differently and loose their self consciousness. Laura is a 2011-2012 fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme.
Her dance company, The Guerilla Dance Project (GDP) specialises in public engagement experiences that make places dance. Rapidly becoming the UK experts in finding the dances in everyday life GDP offer event and installation based work that tackles public attitudes to objects, cities or environments, changing the way people use and see them.
Recent critically acclaimed augmented dance work includes Hidden Fields (Arnolfini, Bristol, Barbican and Cultural Olympiad) and Rolling Stones (Southbank Centre). Previous work includes two ground breaking pervasive dance games Segue (National Theatre and Latitude Festival), Eye- Spy (Victoria and Albert Museum) and the shows Not Looking For Anyone (Victoria and Albert Museum, The Place), Sal od Svile (Zagreb) and TimeLapse (The Place).