Contest Submission

GOSSIP WALL

Total Votes: 9

Type of Work: Interactive mixed-media installation

Inspired by the lovely idea of Conradin Mach-Sonnenberg (Streams of Communication ), we envisioned the interactive Gossip Wall. We want to transform the historic washhouse into a place where rumours are shared once again. Participants will have the chance to send in short texts that will be projected on the gossip wall for a short while, before disappering again. The personal notes will be blended with random snippets automatically collected from the local news. Thereby we create an interactive space where local gossip and trivia meet information without context, leaving room for interpretation. The visual layer will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape to bring the old washhouse back to life. Laughing people, whispered secrets and the relaxing sound of dripping water. Located in the washhouse itself, the projection will be visible during daytime as well.

Estimated time: 1 Year
Estimated cost: 15000

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  1. I’m happy you found a good way to keep the main idea, make it feasable and concentrate it even more to the washhouse itsself.

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