A wall of digital animals that distract children on their way to surgery is one of the interactive installations presented by designer Jason Bruges in this movie we filmed at our Designed in Hackney Day.
In the movie, Jason Bruges shows 20 short movie clips of his studio's installations and experiments as part of the Pecha Kucha event during our Designed in Hackney Day in summer 2012.
Among them is a project for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, which saw the studio install a digital wallpaper along a corridor.
"The whole rationale behind the piece is to distract children on their way to surgery," explains Bruges. "We’ve created this sort of half-tone forest in which digital animals appear and disappear as you’re wheeled through en route to surgery."
"We’re a studio that crosses the boundaries of art, architecture and interaction design," he adds.
He then introduces a hotel lobby in Madrid with interactive walls of dots that change colour with every visit, and an installation of thin, wobbly lights in the Tate Britain art gallery in London.
The studio has also worked on projects with television companies, creating imaginary radio studios for a BBC ident and installations of flapping squares for TV channel More4.
A project about "energy-scavenging" on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall saw hundreds of tiny turbines converting wind energy into a field of light.
The studio installed a track in the Olympic Park where visitors can race 100 metres against a light representing sprinter Usain Bolt, while elsewhere in the park the studio created mechatronic bubbles for Coca-Cola.
There's also a piece for a Richard Rogers-designed building in Soho. "It’s a lift that remembers all the movements it’s made during the day and plays them back at night as a performance," explains Bruges, "so it fills the time from dusk to midnight with this symphony of light, which is hacked into the lift’s control system."
"None of these pieces would be anything without the people who actually interact with them," he concludes.
Designed in Hackney is a project by Dezeen to highlight the best architecture and design made in the borough, which was one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices.
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