Watershed and Smart Oxford are delighted to announce the winner for the first Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is UK based, award winning Guerilla Dance Project, who will invite citizens to activate beams of light to map star constellations from the night sky onto the streets of Oxford.
The open call for ideas received 82 applications from artists, designers, architects, technologists and creative practitioners from 28 countries around the world who proposed new and distinctive ideas to respond to the theme Shared City.
Star Light, Star Bright maps the night sky onto the streets of Oxford via pressure sensitive lights embedded in the ground. Placed in clusters across the city, the lights encourage players to gather together to map constellations from the night sky. Each “star” will shine brighter as more are activated, until the final star cues super bright beams of light – bathing the people beneath in a constellation of stars. This city-wide intervention brings life to dark winter streets, connecting strangers for a shared moment of discovery and wonder.
Laura Kriefman, founder of Guerilla Dance Project, says “We are so excited that Guerilla Dance Project have been awarded the Smart Oxford Playable City Commission. Having been actively involved in the Playable City movement for years, it is great to be able to create a city-wide piece in the UK. Guerilla Dance Project can’t wait to make the stars shine bright, for all the citizens of the beautiful City of Oxford”
The judges were particularly excited by opportunities for connection between the diverse populations who live, visit and work within Oxford and the connection to Oxford’s history of space exploration from Radcliffe Observatory to the European Space Agency at Harwell.
As winners of the Award, Guerilla Dance Project will receive £30,000 and guidance to help realise their ideas. The winning idea will be unveiled in Oxford this winter.
The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is produced by Watershed and supported by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Lucy, Nominet, Bosch, Science Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford, Oxlep, Oxford Bus Company and RACE.