Lagos, Nigeria: a fast overcrowded city, whose citizens often suffer from sensory overload. As part of Playable City Lagos, a group of artists decided to tamper with the flow of the city energy and surprise unsuspecting passers-by.
Jígì Lagos is a project which uses connected mirrors to spark unexpected conversations and reactions from people on the streets in Lagos. The mirrors sensed when people walked past and shouted out to them, triggering double takes as people tried to figure out what was going on.
The mirrors reflected and enhanced the city’s energy, with the morning rush hour being more strident than the more laid back vibe at the end of the day.
A prototype mirror was installed on the walls of Freedom Park, one of central Lagos’ most well-known public spaces. The artists concealed themselves so they could be the hidden voice of the mirror while quietly observing passing bus drivers, children and street merchants interacting with the mirrors.
The artists hope to create numerous mirrors and place them at busy intersections around the city.