GPS Texting is a flash mob done by Yixue, Ashley and Daryl. It involves 5 performers receiving visual cues from their phones to form a gigantic “WE ♡ SG” using ropes laid on the ground. This was done at an open field near Geylang Industrial Estate.
The initial idea was for each performer to access a web app (that is made using glitch and mapbox) that shows a map, their current location, and letter which they are supposed to “draw”. Each performer would utilise the GPS function on their phone to guide them on which direction to go and how long each side of the string will be.
However, on the day of performance, the chosen site was really muddy and wet, (making it very hard to walk). The GPS was also not accurate enough, perhaps due to reduced letter sizes(insufficient rope) and cloud cover. Furthermore, half of our performers were kids (Yixue’s nephews and niece), so we decided to improvise.
The final flash mob performance consist of 5 performers, forming a letter each. There is also another conductor who is positioned at a higher level to guide the performers below by streaming a real-time video from above so that the performers below could check on their phones if their letters are placed correctly. Each performer would first form the letter on their own, then adjust accordingly with the help of the video stream.
With the idea in hand, a webapp was quickly prototyped to assess the feasibility of using GPS for such a purpose. The GPS is usable at large distances, therefore a suitable scale was required for the whole thing to work. The initial scales of letters required on average 60-70m of rope per letter. However, insufficient rope resulted in an attempt to tweak the letter sizes, which proved to be a bad decision.
The original plan was to have the performers open the same app on their phones. The app is synced; so the map will show the performer the next point to move towards relative to their current location.
The thing: Our hands !
We use it to make sound, create visuals, orchestrate, feel etc.
During this crisis, the loss of connection within society has become even more apparent. So how can continue to connect with others in new and interesting ways, sensorially and visually?
Player can communicate by using hand gestures over the leap motion controller/some other hand gesture detection device.
On the other side, another player can connect by experiencing the ‘mist’ performance that’s orchestrated from the other end.
Dress code: Black
Topic/context: Connection during covid
Tech: Leapmotion, TD, Arduinos, Ultrasonic misters, DIY sensing pad
Covid: Is observed. One player at each station. Use sanitizer as misting liquid
User visits website, and is assigned a random VO. He/she submits a video accordingly. A video compilation of all submissions is created when all VOs are done.
Hug Mother Earth
Gather 10 of these:
Take a picture and upload!
Choose your prefered mode of transport:
Travel towards an area that you are not familiar with, stop whenever you feel comfortable/inspired.
Take a photo of what inspires you at this new, unfamiliar place, and share it by uploading.
Make your way to the most uninspiring/normal/hideous place you can think of.
Get creative and use some naturally found objects and lighten the place up! Suggestion; maybe “turn it into a cozy and happy space”?
Take a photo and share with the world.
Give yourself a pat on the back, you might have just brighten up someone’s day with your work!
Journey Zoom Performance with Ashley
Food zooming Performance with Jain
Cooking, common stock of ingredients,
1 person will pass ingredients to other to be cut and added, and this goes on back and forth for a while, maybe stop after 10 ingredients?
Then mix/cook, and eat !
The idea here is a person cycling into the forest. This is a stop motion-ish animation being collaboratively performed by two people using Zoom.
The scene and objects are constructed with found objects at home. There are 2 layers used for animation. One is the bicycle layer. This is achieved by using a transparent sheet of glass or plastic supported on the sides. And below is the BG layer. This is to allow independent and easier handling of animation of both layers. A phone is placed at the top to film the ‘frames’.
Music is also playbacked at the same time. Chosen music is ‘Guaranteed‘ by Eddie Vedder.