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Dancing in the Streets - a design case study

Palmer, SD and Popat, SH (2008) Dancing in the Streets - a design case study. Interactions (New York), XV (3). 55 - 59 . ISSN 1072-5520


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How do you transform a city center at night to enhance the experience of residents and visitors and to combat the public’s fears over safety and security after dark? This challenge was set by the York City Council’s “Renaissance Project: Illuminating York,” and we took them up on it. We made it our goal to get pedestrians to engage with our interactive light installation—and to get them dancing without even realizing it. People out shopping or on their way to restaurants and nightclubs found themselves followed by ghostly footprints, chased by brightly colored butterflies, playing football with balls of light, or linked together by a “cat’s cradle” of colored lines. As they moved within the light projections, participants found that they were literally dancing in the street.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © ACM, 2008. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Interactions, VOL 15, ISS 3, (May & June 2008) http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1353782.1353797
Keywords: performance, Digital, design, City, Scenography, dance, Installation
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Performance and Cultural Industries (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 12:45
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 11:23
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1353782.1353797
Status: Published
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Identification Number: 10.1145/1353782.1353797
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74745

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