lumiere festival 2019
Industrial Design - Facilitator
The Bubble is a structure built to be a space to facilitate conversation and create citizen spaces. The Vancouver Design Nerds were invited to bring the Bubble to the Vancouver 2018 Lumiere Festival. We were placed in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) and ran the interactive installation for three nights. Visitors become fully immersed into the installation, and to an extent, a part of the installation itself. The Bubble is transformed into a magical space for exploration of various forms found in the temperate rainforest of British Columbia through the interaction of lights and shadow play.
Using overhead projectors, we were able to achieve a low-tech, friendly, and magical way for visitors to experience the “urban jungle”. People were able to manipulate the projections with various fern, pine, and cedar branches, leaves, acetate prints and cutouts to tell their own story of our unique ecosystem.
Interaction can be seen both inside and outside with both experiences wildly different between the observer and the participant. Laughter, intrigue, design and environmental conversations, and even a couple puppet shows were inspired from The Bubble.
wave @ park(ing) day
The Vancouver Design Nerds’ one day parklet is inspired by interactivity, colour, and play!
On September 21, we invited passers-by to take a break from their daily missions, to pause and play on our teeter bench and to sit back in our lounge to reflect on questions about belonging in Vancouver and what citizen engagement means to them.
The teeter bench has been designed for Park(ing) Day. It can be used in multiple ways – as a teeter totter, a balance bench, with one, two, three, four… or more people on it at once. The goal is to find equilibrium by shifting weight and improvisation.