RAD-UM proposes a public artwork that is created by the public. In lieu of the traditional artwork we propose a program of public engagement and participation: we propose an instrument that individuals acting alone or together are invited to play so as to shape the spectacle in the plaza with their collective actions.
The following are 3 options for scenarios of public participation with their respective instruments and user interfaces:
Individuals around the pool control the jets and lighting effects with their smart phone. They control the shape and dynamics of the spectacle by using their smart phone like a conductor’s baton. A dedicated app uses the embedded accelerometer as an input device to translate the gestures and velocity of
movements into programmable commands. The app enables individuals to customize the spectacle by choosing for a variety of programs.
Step On Me
Individuals around the pool control the jets and lighting effects via triggers embedded in the pavers of the plaza. The embedded sensors translate pressure intensity and direction of movements into programmable commands. The system encourages simultaneous actions by multiple subjects and the
coordination of events in a flash-mob style. The system cycles through different programs that encode the action with different effects.
Individuals around the pool control the jets and lighting effects with their body movement and gestures that are encoded for programmable response. Individuals control the spectacle in real time with their entire body. Their actions effect shape, intensity and color.
In order to seize control of the spectacle, individuals have to be in the hot spot. The location of the hot spot shifts around the pool to ensure optimal participation, giving opportunities to all to take part in the collective work. The hot spot is indicated with a band of light emanating from the pool edge.