With what kind of Intention the real public urban space was chosen
as place for the project? Are everybody's accessibility all day
or public sphere
an important issue for the project?
piece was originall designed for presentation at the Swatch Pavilion
in the 1998 expo in Lisbon. It was designed to engage visitors to
the pavilion in a playful interactive situation, during which they
and their moving umbrellas became an animated feature of the facade
of the pavilion.
Circumstances of presentation at Ars Electronica:
I won a prize at the Ars Electronica so they invited me to present
the piece during the festival week. I requested an outdoor space
both for practical reasons and because of the inherently public
(participatory) nature of the work. As things evolved, the OK Centrum
Staff suggested that we stage a smaller version of the piece in
the Hauptplatz as a sort of advertisment to entice people to visit
the larger version at the OK Centrum, which seemed to me to be a
good idea. As (I ) expected, this small beach-shower-like version
caught all kinds of passers-by - children, old people on their sunday
stroll, workmen etc.
Shall the project make a special contribution for a new "better"
public space? And what importance in that context has the use of
would hope that this kind of experience improves the quality of
the public space. A temporary exhibition like this, however can
only have a temporary effect. As regards "new media" most
of it is just TV all over again, and does not engage the spectator
actively enough to make much difference. RainDance, while not "new"
media but perhaps "never media" succeeds, I think, because
it catches people by surprise - the