Studio PSK in collaboration with Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion and musician Harry Yeff aka Reeps One, have created an interactive sound installation in the form of a playground. It has toured Milan Design Week, and London Design Festival and most recently House of Vans London.
There was no set brief or intended outcome but the one goal was to bring together design, music and textiles. A gymnasium like wooden structure was created with swings, ladders and a slide. However, the wooden beams were patterned with black lines using conductive paint. The interaction from the audience when they played, swung, touched and slid created current. This triggered synthesised sounds created by Reeps One. The different apparatus triggered different sounds, this sustained interest and encouraged people to engage and fully immerse themselves in the work.
The age of the audience was overlooked; using a playground context was the catalyst for playing. Taking the archetypal elements of a playground – swings, slides, climbing frame – and combining them with electrical and sound engineering, a landscape of playground archetypes are transformed into musical instruments when used. Involving the senses is fun and exciting, and interactive projects are an accessible way for people to explore and experiment, thus inspire intrigue and curiosity.