featured project: the eyes of ballston (the forest of knowledge)
interactive public art / storyteller, designer
I'm really intrigued by developing combinations of media that give the audience an artistic or personal response after their feedback. Concepts in this project included designing an interactive sculpture, a web app, place-making, gamification of an experience.
To begin, I was given the public space, which had a tree in the center. The metro was close by and many passers by would cross the park at all hours of the day and night. It was a pass through space. This installation made the visitors stop and consider if everyday objects like the tree they passed each day, held spirits within--even conversations. Was there more to this place than they ever realized? What potential to connect was there all along?
In the Eyes of Ballston, sixteen, 4' wide sculptural eyes. on a custom steel scaffold transformed the empty park into a interactive conversational art space. Using a connected mobile web application, they eyes asked participants questions and respond to their answers. The eyes were designed to "emote" back to the public on the audiences personal devices. Depending on personalities and amount of people engaging, up to 5 souls could reveal and speak to engaged visitors in the public park. where they were installed . The eyes were programmed with a range of pre-scripted/pre-designed emotional activity.
The project has been funded by a grant from the Ballston Business Improvement District.
The project that funded the grant, Public Displays of Innovation, won a Merit Award in the 2015 Downtown Achievement Awards from the International Downtown Association.
The eyes were a collaboration by the Illumination Coalition consisting of myself, Bardia Jaan, Adam Eig and Branden Hall.