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Wishing Well Alpha



Alpha presentation: Wits School of Arts, 2007.

Alpha presentation: Wits School of Arts, 2007.



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  • 1. The Wishing-well An interactive sound installation
  • 2.
    • The Wishing-well is an interactive sound installation that will utilise the Internet as its main interface between users and content
    • Once enough content has been generated by online users, the sound clips will be installed for playback at specific public sites
    • This will mainly be done by myself, but participants will have the option of creating their own sound installations at sites of their choice
    • The installations will be documented (pictures/movie clips) and posted back to the website
    Project idea
  • 3. Collaborative partnerships
    • Rat Western
    • Studied BA (Fine Art) at Wits
    • Went on to do her MA in Interactive Media Design
    • Now manages the Bag Factory
    • Does web design
    • Has a thorough understanding of the Wishing-well project both technically and conceptually, and will therefore be able to make a valuable contribution to the research, development and implementation of the piece
    • Will be largely responsible for web development, but will no doubt contribute to all areas of the project as a whole
  • 4.
    • Machfeld
    • Based in Vienna, Austria
    • Interested in setting up The Wishing-well in and around Vienna, and combining voice recordings from Austria and South Africa for their exhibition in Graz in December
  • 5. Concept
    • Blurring the boundaries between user and artist
    • As in the case of Vectorial Elevation, the idea behind The Wishing-well is to let online users (i.e. people who are not necessarily adept at programming) dictate the development of the project
    • Even though the actual execution of the piece takes place in real time at specific locations, the content will be generated through web-based technology
  • 6. Project design / aesthetic treatment
    • The website
  • 7.
    • Instructions on the website:
    • 1. Make a wish
    • 2. Record your wish
    • 3. Post it to the site
    • 4. Access other people’s wishes recorded on the same day as your own, and mash up your unique version of the perfect wish (Make sure the final version is between 1 minute and 1.30 minutes long)
    • 5. Upload your mash-up
    • 6. The following day, your mash-up – together with everyone else who had made one on the same day – will be part of the installation
    • The final mash-up:
  • 8.
    • Possible sites for playback
    • - Public drinking fountains
    • Swimming pools
    • Bathrooms
  • 9. Research and development
    • Technical aspects
    • Creating audience awareness (email and Facebook)
    • Web development
    • Streamlining user-interaction (both online and during the recording/editing process)
    • Finding the cheapest and most secure way of setting up the installation
  • 10.
    • Concept
    • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Vectorial Elevation
  • 11. Project plan
    • Preliminary testing of audience response (done)
    • Dividing tasks between Rat and myself (done)
    • Website up and running (9/10)
    • Generating online content (10/10 - 10/11 and beyond)
    • Monitor and manage website (daily)
    • Set up installation (daily or weekly - depending on the level of response)
    • Documentation (ongoing until 15/11)
  • 12. List of possible concerns
    • How does one guarantee optimal user interaction?
    • Copyright (posting of illegal content)
    • Cost
    • Security risk