BikeTAG Colour Keepers

Enter the Zone, battle with light, and then escape on your bike!

Part exploration, part battle, part collaboration, part art experience, Colour Keepers was a chance to play on bikes in the city, set colours free and co-create light trails using the BikeTAG light system. With five colours to set free, players explored the Zone as they battled to win.

BikeTAG is a system of led lights, proximity sensors and a Smartphone application, originally created in 2012 by artists Bang & Lee, Tine Bech and Julian Sykes during the Playable City Sprint, hosted by Watershed and the British Council.

The commission

In a unique commission for Bristol Temple Quarter, the BikeTAG light system was used within an innovative street game that lit up Bristol’s Enterprise Zone. The new commission ‘Colour Keepers’ was designed to help re-invent perceptions of the Enterprise Zone – the area surrounding Bristol’s Temple Meads Station.

The game ran at dusk and was used as a public Play Test to gather feedback from players. This was the very first game created using the BikeTAG system, and the very first time it was played with a full line-up of participants.

This Storify showcases a selection of pics and tweets from the makers and players.

BikeTAG Colour Keepers was supported by the British Council and was part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions coordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England