Together with Fontys colleagues, I organized the 3rd Games [4Health] Jam; this year’s theme was ‘Sink or Swim’: 40 participants created working games IN THE SWIMMING POOL, within 50 hours!
Design sessions and user evaluations were done immediately in the swimming pool - with all the expected (and unexpected) complications. All by all, a fun and inspiring weekend, with good results from the participants.
A corridor in a regular high school in the Netherlands: you see a red carpet, and curiously walk over it. Seconds later, you see your head projected on the wall, with the body of someone else, and the legs of yet another person. You turn around, and walk over the carpet once more, but backwards - now, your legs appear, creating a jolly figure on the wall.
The Walk of Fame is an interactive installation where teenagers play with - and by - walking through a corridor. The system records players, cuts the recording in three pieces, and projects a person’s head with someone else’s body and legs. Easy to learn, but hard to master: it is easy to create a funny composition, but a perfect combination of head-body-legs requires cooperation with other players - and a lot of walking through the corridor.
The Walk of Fame elicits open-ended play: players decide on the go whether they create a person walking through the corridor, a figure dancing in the middle, a combination of three faces, or what so ever. Over time, the output of the Walk of Fame changes: from two to three slices, silhouettes, video images and stop motion pictures ensure prolonged social and physical play.
The Walk of Fame has been evaluated at the Dutch Technology Week 2013 for one day; and at the E-Moves festival in Dynamo for 10 days. In September, the installation will be evaluated for six weeks at a high school in Nijmegen.
The schoolyard of a highschool in Eindhoven: five new benches, and a streetlight with a mysterious globe. During lunchbreak, hesitant teenagers take place on the benches, and discover that they can wiggle and balance with their peers. The globe appears to contain a moving light: when it is looking towards a bench, the bench suddenly starts to vibrate – to the hilarity of the teens.
Wiggle the Eye is an interactive installation at a schoolyard, with five wiggle-benches and a streetlight. By sitting, and wiggling occasionally, players can influence the behavior of the light, and let each other’s benches vibrate. The system’s behavior changes on a daily base; social and physical play is required in order to discover how one can influence the Eye.
Wiggle the Eye is being evaluated at the Rooipannen VMBO school in Eindhoven, in a four-week user evaluation. Initial results show vibrant and enthusiastic wiggling by the teenagers.