Nikki gave us a head start, teaching us not just the basics of physical computing but specifically how to make direction finding devices and animatronic/felt-in-the-body feedbacks. On the first day we made a pointer with an led light as indicator from scratch and tested it.
First lesson: soldering
Testing in the wind and rain.
It works, we got there! Northeast corner of Vale Park.
Tuning: Make the feedback more instant and clearer for the participant. Try three signals: warm, on target and destination
The residency at Blast Theory is to develop non-screen based navigation devices which draw our attention outward so that we become more alert to our surroundings, perhaps working with what we see, hear or feel on our skin as a way of indicating direction of travel. Then to add in tactile, sound and/or moving-image content, which feeds into the narrative journey.
We invited three artists help us explore solutions: Nikki Pugh, Clara Garcia Fraile and Dan Belasco Rogers.