The Urban Defibrillator is a playful 'hack' of a bus or tram stop to actively explore social spaces and your personal boundaries. Only risk for a social shock!
A defibrillator is a device that can administer an electric shock to the heart of an unconscious patient to bring it back into a normal rhythm. The Urban Defibrillator is a playful 'hack' of a bus or tram stop. One person alone cannot operate this artistic machine: five people must touch a (harmless) contact at the same time. The effect that you see and hear symbolizes a poetic discharge of social tensions that often occur in the urban environment. The work is an invitation to actively explore social spaces and your personal boundaries. Try speaking to a stranger. Only risk for a social shock!
Production: Festival Kanal, Brussels, 2012
First developments at Timelab, Gent during Spring Camp 2012
Thanks to FoAM for the use of the workshop.
Social Swing is a musical playground consisting of four swings with 360 degree movement.
Swing gently and a sound is heard. A change of direction shifts sounds. Communicate with other swingers. In this way, the Social Swing more than just a playground. Explore a playful musical harmonies and disharmonies through synchronous and asynchronous movements in-group.
Social Swing is a 13-meter by 13-meter structure consisting of four swings with a thrilling 360-degree movement, each equipped by sensors and a speakers. The movement of the swings generates an immersive ambient sound layer that evokes memories. Each swing generates a distinct set of sounds, and moreover playful hidden sound layers can be discovered when players swing in similar directions.