Blending Amsterdam Reality

2013, Jan

– MediaLab Amsterdam, Interactive, Public Space, Installation, Tangible

What is the project about ?

Blending Amsterdam Reality is an interactive platform to explore Amsterdam through space and time. It blends mobile content with physical activation to provide the user a memorable experience of urban history using innovative storytelling techniques”.

What did we make ?

Towards the final stage of this project, we made a prototype of a physical object to be placed in public space that makes people aware of the past and present of Amsterdam. This installation comes with a local wi-fi network to act as a mobile access point to browse all the information available on the physical installation via a mobile interface.

Why ?

Amsterdam has a huge archive of digitized information dating all the way back to the 16th Century. It is one of the most popular cities of the world for its culture and is a UNESCO heritage city, but the historical aspects of the city are not prominent other than in museums. This project aims at providing an insight into the historical nuggets about Amsterdam by way of a unique "experience". This project will involve an interesting mix of technology, history and design, and try to blend the real and virtual worlds, which is also my inspiration for working on this project.

Who with ?

I work with a multi-discliplinary international team consisting of Annika Kuyper, Takuma Oami and Stefano Danna and me.

Who for ?

MediaLab Amsterdam is a creative, interdisciplinary Amsterdam based studio where students and researchers work together on innovative and interactive media research projects for Creative Industries.

Gemeente Amsterdam ( City Council of Amsterdam ) commissioned this project with WiseGuys, an Urban Art Project collective, as an intermediary.

Royal Theatre Carre, the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision and Funenpark are some other interested parties to this project

What the installation contains ?

The installation consists of a slide sensor based map interface displaying content on a touch screen, controlled by an Arduino Leonardo and a Raspberry Pi. The Peggy2 Light Board was used to provide visual feedback and a simple wi-fi router can be used for providing the mobile interface.

Blending Amsterdam Reality
Blending Amsterdam Reality