Sparking The Imagination

Sat, 11 Jun 2011

Sparking The Imagination

Sparking The Imagination is a digital arts event for kids running over the weekend of 11th and 12th June at Phoenix Square in Leicester. I was invited to contribute some work to it and used it as an opportunity to try out some of my work in progress.

In Screen 2 I installed a version of my “Active Mirror", which (in this case) overlays multiple live video loops to create a highly engaging and interactive video screen.

In the cafe area I set up a “Picture Wall". This is a version of my Dropsketch project which allows people to share drawings made on iOS devices. Kids were able to use the supplied iPods and iPad to make drawings and then “drop" them on the large screen by shaking the device.

Around the building I set up a QR Trail. Twelve QR codes placed around the downstairs could be scanned and a riddle was displaced. The answer to the riddle provided a clue to the secret word that could be used to get a treat from the Phoenix Square reception.

All three pieces worked well and the chance to test out some of this technology in front of an audience was most welcome. You‘ll see various bits of these pieces in my forthcoming exhibition at Fabrika in the autumn.

See a short video of Active Mirror on my YouTube channel. Pictures from the event on Flickr page. The feed of drawings uploaded by visitors is on blip.im.

Author: Sean Clark