Project Socialites is an interactive, social art experience. It is a group adventure that leads participants along a path and to a central installation. Participants walk with glowing Orbs through urban or rural landscapes, individually and collectively activating light and sound sculptures. While participants can experience aspects of the work individually, by maintaining proximity to other individuals with Orbs and visiting the sculptures together, participants can unlock light and sound sequences at a central installation.
Anyone can participate by gathering three mini-Orbs and bringing them to our distribution point. Mini-Orbs are randomly given to festival-goers, and individuals are encouraged to form groups by aggregating these smaller Orbs and trading them for larger, interactive ones. With a full-size Orb in possession, an individual or group ventures through a landscape in search of several sets of light sculptures. The object they carry triggers changes in emitted light and sound effects from networked sets of sculptures. Visiting and following these sculptures also effects the state of their orb by changing color and pulse. After visiting all sites, an orb reaches a "fully charged" state and can stimulate the central installation. While participants can experience aspects of the work individually, only through collaboration with others can hidden media elements be unlocked.
Our project is open source, and we encourage other hobbyists and tinkerers to build their own Orb-like objects that can interact with our artwork.
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