Playable City, Bristol's art-tech competition invites artists to get creative and win the chance to entertain the people of Bristol with interactive public art
Last year it was won by talking lamp posts and post boxes, so it’s little wonder the short list for this year’s Playable City encompasses everything from bridges that recite poetry to cavorting CCTV cameras.
The competition, which is organised by Bristol cross art venue cum production outfit Watershed, invites clever art-techy types to come up with something playable to entertain and surprise Bristolians.
The brief is to challenge the “screen-based clichés of a smart city”, and respond instead to cities as “playable, open, and configurable spaces”.
Now in its second year and with £30,000 up for grabs, it has lured artists, designers, architects, technologists and creative practitioners from all over the world. Their proposals have been whittled down from 78 entries from 29 countries to a final eight.
Clare Reddington, Executive Producer of the Playable City Award, said she was "delighted" at the worldwide response.
"The shortlisted ideas reflect the diversity of responses to our notion of cities as unresolved, configurable, idiosyncratic places where citizens give one another the permission to be playful in public."
Click below to launch a gallery of images to get a flavour of what’s in store.
a photo of people walking over a bridge
a round drawing of a city in a ball with piloted cameras orbiting around it
a photo of a man in street with a shadow in front of him
a photo of plumbing taps
a photon of a woman touching panels on a door
a photo of a large puddle with a shark drawn into its ground beneath it
a photo of a large projection of colours
a photo of a cluster of CCTV cameras against a graffiti'd wall
The winner of the Playable City Award will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on June 9 2014, followed by three months development with the Pervasive Media Studio based at the Watershed in Bristol.
- Find out more and explore the entries in depth at www.watershed.co.uk/playablecity and twitter.com/playablecity
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