video / interaction design - Sam Meech
sound design Tom Rea Smith and Raz Ullah
av tech - Wired Science
A mysterious glowing disc appears, inviting people to play...
PORTAL is a mesmerizing interactive experience for all ages and abilities, allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns and soundscapes using movement and colour.
PORTAL uses a circular projection mapped feedback system to generate complex patterns, digitally coloured and manipulated using the software Isadora. As users enter the space of the camera / projection, they trigger a series of visual ripples that soon become abstracted, forming new patterns. Interactions also trigger layers of sound that reinforce a sense of entanglement. Hypnotic, enchanting, almost alive. PORTAL creates a window in space-time - a glimpse to another dimension.
PORTAL has been exhibited in libraries and galleries in the UK.
17 January 2019 - Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK
17 May 2019 - Light Night Liverpool, Liverpool Central , Liverpool, UK
11-12 July 2019 - Rogue Open Studios, Manchester, UK
25 July 2019 - Macclesfield Library, Macclesfield, UK
09 Aug 2019 - Haydock library, St Helens, UK
17 November 2019 - Light Night Social, Constellations , Liverpool, UK
20/21 February 2020 - Salford Leisure Centre , Salford, UK
PORTALS Project partners:
SHIFT Digital - Cheshire
St Helens Library Service - Cultural Hubs
Liverpool Central Library
Rogue Artists' Studios, Manchester
"I looked into the PORTAL and saw... "
"Blue & Yellow Blobs to SciFi Music. Very Dr Who"
"lots and lots of different shapes when you do different movements and solutions with your body...it looked like someone was following me"
"myself looking at me the planet, with land shifting & moving"
"hypnotic compulsive calming like protozoa"
"CREATION... LIVING LIGHT, SO ORGANIC!!"
"How it all began, blobs evolving from the primeval soup"
"My thoughts competing for attention and energy fluctuating with colour changes"
"I would open a PORTAL... "
"to go into the future"
"to climb inside my mind"
"to the future to see if the world survives"
"so I could achieve my dreams"
"in a dark forest leading to a sunny field"
"PORTALS ARE... "
"invisible pathways from one to another"
"the impact of outside actions into another world"
"colourful, Imaginative and you get to see what you look like in another dimension"
"I love portals cause you can see different things what you haven't before"
"TRIPPY ASS STORYLINE, WORTHY BLOBS OF TRANSDIMENSIONAL SPACEY STUFF"
"kinda cool! Funny blobs to chase and look at"
"the new artwork to be hung on everyone's living room walls"
"by far the most beautiful digital project I've seen. It was such a profound experience made me feel relaxed, hopeful and happy! Was beautiful and playful!"
"Ways to get to new adventures"
"Mysterious and hypnotic and are thoughts"