Artist, Thomas Evans aka I am Detour is back with another impressive project. This time, he’s created an interactive gallery consisting of a mix of large and small abstract pieces that capture the essence of being at the intersection of basketball and street culture.
The ”Paly On” installation came about when a Colorado-based design agency noticed Detour’s interactive body of work through his previous interactive project with Red Bull.
They were attracted to the fact that it was both eye-poppingly colorful, but also an experience that an audience could engage with via more than one of the senses.
After they visited his studio to see his work in person, they told him exactly what they wanted to do for the Mountain Dew’s event for NBA All-star week in New Orleans.
After hammering out the details, they decided on having 10 interactive pieces, comprising of a mix of NBA players, a musician, and images of street culture.
The NBA players and musician were painted live on location. Each piece features it’s own independent headphones and each of the smaller paintings allows the visitor to sample 2 different sounds.
To make the paintings interactive, Detour used the Touch Boards‘ MIDI interface option to add the dynamic sound experience to the pieces.
He used amplifiers and JBL noise cancelling headphone for the installation so everyone that experienced the pieces could feel like they were escaping to another musical world. They all had a different baseline track that looped the entire time and then they included soundbites that related to basketball culture. Sounds like dribbling and swishes.
Detour also bought a couple of very simple cheap computers to install on the back of the pieces and ran Apple Logic Pro for three days straight. Throughout the three days, they had over a thousand different patrons, celebrities, movie execs, actors, NBA players, and more come through and try the installation. It was a huge success.
The only problem they encountered during the project was a delay in the construction of the walls that was used to hang the paintings. Other than that, the installation was planned out to the last dot, where it was a plug ‘n’ play situation.
Detour says that after digesting the reaction of the gallery installation, he thinks there is a lot to improve upon. He actually has plans to make everything wireless so that troubleshooting can happen without taking down or flipping over any of the pieces.
With improvements to Bare Conductive’s Pi Cap and expansion of the number of nodes by combining the boards together, he’s planning for the next show to be even better.
We can’t wait to see his next project!
To see more videos showcasing Detour’s interactive work, visit his YouTube channel.
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