Rainbow Makers is a simple, intuitive, collaborative game which encourages visitors to the museum or gallery to explore and engage with specific art works and the venue itself in an inspiring new way in order to achieve a collective vision: the creation of a digital rainbow which takes form simultaneously both in-venue and online.
Wearing artist created light vests, the aim of the game is to find all seven spaces, and illuminate the objects or artworks within them with the appropriate colour of the rainbow. Each artwork is ‘guarded’ by a ‘Gatekeeper’ who with their power of illumination switches the colour of the player’s artist-created illuminated vests. Images taken by the gatekeepers of the teams illuminating the artworks are uploaded to a website. The images combined, form a rainbow that is projected in the museum.
Through the process of the game, audience members – working together as teams but also as onlookers and witnesses to it – can playfully interpret both the familiar and the new, literally illuminating the venue in order to shine a new light of its collections, spaces and histories. The project provides an inventive, participatory space for people to dream, play, explore, and reimagine the idea of a museum, no matter what their level of knowledge is of art or the venue itself.