BikeTAG, Heartlands & Floating Radio Lost in Bristol

BikeTAG, Heartlands & Floating Radio Lost in Bristol were ideas developed during a collaborative five day sprint at Pervasive Media Studio.

This was the very first Playable City project, bringing twelve creatives from across East Asia and the UK to Bristol, to share practice and prototype works.

Floating Radio Lost in Bristol was a beautiful project. A small boat shaped pirate radio floated down Bristol’s harbour, enabling those on the banks with radios to tune into voices from the city.

Heartlands was an unsual theatrical experience. Guided by a voice played through your phone, participants were guided to different locations, invited to interact with characters and discover the heart of the city.

BikeTAG was a system of led lights, proximity sensors and a Smartphone application that enabled commuters on bikes to interact, improving their journeys around the city. This project went on to be developed into a street game for Bristol.

Drawn from across cultures and disciplines, participants from the UK were installation artist Tine Bech, designer Julian Sykes, sound artist Kathy Hinde, visual artist Mathew Trivett and product designer Vahakn Matossian. Participants from East Asia included Australian theatre makers Leticia Cáceres and Angela Betzien of RealTV, Japanese product designer/sound artist Yuri Suzuki, also from Japan visual artist Megumi Matsubara, Korean duo Bang & Lee, and Malaysian composer Ng Chor Guan.

The week culminated in a presentation at Watershed, which you can see here