An award-winning series of interactive audiovisual instrument-sculptures promoting curiosity, exploration, and play.
Playces features a series of cross-media artworks that explores the notion of ‘what makes a place, a place?’ and presents ideas and observations relating to that theme through a series of interactive kinetic structures for audiences to not only view, but play with and enjoy.
Through the use of recycled cardboard, reactive sound design, low-cost embeddable sensors, and MIDI messaging protocol - Playces ultimately establishes a ludic environment that provides (self-identifying) "non-musical" audiences with new opportunities to create, perform, and experience sound and music.
"I don't think I've ever seen MIDI be so human before." Tim Exile, MIDI Innovation Awards 2021.
Playces was funded by the Arts Council of Wales to support my exploration of the mechanics of 'artwork ownership' and 'artwork approachability' within the public domain. The microprocessor technology and traditional model making processes featured in the project were a conscious effort to generate a project that would successfully appeal to both young children & generational audiences and unify them via a shared & inclusive public sound art installation experience.
The multimodal nature of these artworks is reflective of my access inherent approach to the design and development of interactive public art - whereby the audio, visual, gestural, and haptic modes play an equally valuable role in the overall experience. enabling an equitable level of engagement for as many individuals as possible.
The first series of instrument-sculptures for this project were produced mid-2019 and were first exhibited publicly in Wales at the end of 2019.
Playces won 3rd place in the international MIDI Innovation Awards 2021 judges vote.