We’ve been working on the interface design of the digital dance trail app for Dancin’ Oxford 2012 this week, now christened 4step. I love doing this sort of stuff where you can get right into every detail of the user interaction as well as designing a look and feel.
Luckily, we had a house guest staying over the weekend who is a copy writer, with experience of game development – so I had someone on hand who could understand the context for the game-like onscreen instructions about “unlocking achievements” etc. and give me some advice – Each of the four locations that the app will navigate you to will earn you a FourSquare-esque badge, resulting in a bonus video download for visitors who get to all of the sites.
Oxford is a fantastic City to use for this project. We’ll have augmented reality sites set up at Oxford Castle, Bodleian Library, the medieval Brasenose Lane and Bonn Square in the heart of the City. The app experience will stay live after the Festival, so future visitors to the City will be able to unearth some digital archeology by digging up this layer of digital reality that we’re building now.
We’ve got most screens laid out as concepts now, ready for our developers to take things to the next stage of implementing them into a working app. Here’s the splash screen, which gives the general concept really well.
We’re filming the first performances on location right after Christmas. One of the really cool things about being involved in this project is that Chris, our Tech Director has built me a custom app for recording the GPS locations on the exact spots we’ll be working in, I’m now my own mobile Sat Nav – maybe I should start practicing the voice and I could yet have a third career.
Earlier this year I was asked for some ideas of how I could develop my collaboration with Dancin’ Oxford Dance Festival, which takes place every February and March in the historic city.
Up to this point I have produced XTEND, a collection of international dance artist films, which has been shown during the festival for the last two years. So, as a development of last year’s XTEND event where we projected the films large scale onto the walls of Oxford Castle, I devised a project where viewers would encounter the films in specific locations while navigating the City using GPS on their mobile handsets.
I’m really pleased that we managed to get this project approved and funding for it has been included in the dance festival’s overall grant from Arts Council England.
We’re making rapid progress on development, planning the app (which runs on Android and iOS devices). Next week, we’ll begin filming short dance pieces at some key locations in Oxford city. More soon…
American dance company, Momix are touring once again using one of my pieces of music as the soundtrack to part of their show.
“Botanica is a deepening of Pendletonâ€™s 30-year fascination with nature through its seasonal changes and transformations evoking beauty, fear, humor, and excitement. Â This four-part work opens in winter featuring a fantasy tree, a river of fluttering ice-blue silk and otherworldly snow creatures moving to Tuuâ€™s â€œFrozen Land.â€ Â Sections show man and nature inhabiting a dreamlike cosmos where dinosaurs roam, boulders swallow humans, centaurs battle, bulbs bloom, snakes crawl, birds fly, and tiny organisms mate and multiply.”
Myself and the Good Lady went to see their “Opus Cactus” show at Sadler’s Wells in London and enjoyed the very distinctive style of the company. Sadlers Wells have a really great sound system, so the music came over very well.
The “Frozen Lands” material seems to have endured really well, the original, and only release was an edition of 500 on Amplexus. Maybe time to look out for a reissue (if anyone does that sort of thing these days)