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Wishing Well Alpha


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Alpha presentation: Wits School of Arts, 2007.

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Wishing Well Alpha

  1. 1. The Wishing-well An interactive sound installation
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Wishing-well is an interactive sound installation that will utilise the Internet as its main interface between users and content </li></ul><ul><li>Once enough content has been generated by online users, the sound clips will be installed for playback at specific public sites </li></ul><ul><li>This will mainly be done by myself, but participants will have the option of creating their own sound installations at sites of their choice </li></ul><ul><li>The installations will be documented (pictures/movie clips) and posted back to the website </li></ul>Project idea
  3. 3. Collaborative partnerships <ul><li>Rat Western </li></ul><ul><li>Studied BA (Fine Art) at Wits </li></ul><ul><li>Went on to do her MA in Interactive Media Design </li></ul><ul><li>Now manages the Bag Factory </li></ul><ul><li>Does web design </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Will be largely responsible for web development, but will no doubt contribute to all areas of the project as a whole </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Machfeld </li></ul><ul><li>Based in Vienna, Austria </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Concept <ul><li>Blurring the boundaries between user and artist </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project design / aesthetic treatment <ul><li>The website </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Instructions on the website: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Make a wish </li></ul><ul><li>2. Record your wish </li></ul><ul><li>3. Post it to the site </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Upload your mash-up </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>The final mash-up: </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Possible sites for playback </li></ul><ul><li>- Public drinking fountains </li></ul><ul><li>Swimming pools </li></ul><ul><li>Bathrooms </li></ul>
  9. 9. Research and development <ul><li>Technical aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Creating audience awareness (email and Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>Web development </li></ul><ul><li>Streamlining user-interaction (both online and during the recording/editing process) </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the cheapest and most secure way of setting up the installation </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Vectorial Elevation </li></ul>
  11. 11. Project plan <ul><li>Preliminary testing of audience response (done) </li></ul><ul><li>Dividing tasks between Rat and myself (done) </li></ul><ul><li>Website up and running (9/10) </li></ul><ul><li>Generating online content (10/10 - 10/11 and beyond) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and manage website (daily) </li></ul><ul><li>Set up installation (daily or weekly - depending on the level of response) </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation (ongoing until 15/11) </li></ul>
  12. 12. List of possible concerns <ul><li>How does one guarantee optimal user interaction? </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright (posting of illegal content) </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Security risk </li></ul>