For: King’s College London’s Arts and Humanities Festival
Made with Holly Gramazio as part of Matheson Marcault, we created One Easy Step, an installation running in the Quad in Autumn 2016.
We started with a two-week period of playtesting and observation: how can you bring play into what is essentially a work space. What playful objects are people willing to engage with. Who will play and how? When? Can we discern why?
For the final installation we created a series of patterns on the ground designed to invite playful interactions. And within these patterns, we placed five mirrored plinths, each one gently glowing and with a purpose-designed game that passers-by were invited to play. To solve mazes; to ask questions about the future, or race to spot particular objects in the world around them.
We were so pleased with how successful the invitations to play were, with no moving parts or sound. This project moved on our ideas about priming for play and how to set up an environment to support the decision to play.