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'Star Light, Star Bright' Wins Smart Oxford Playable City Commission

By: Smart Oxford, 2 Aug 2017
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Smart Oxford and Watershed announces the winner of the first Smart Oxford Playable City Commission.  Creative practitioners were asked to propose new and distinctive ideas that put people and play at the heart of the City of Oxford which respond to the theme of Shared City.

Star Light, Star Bright maps the night sky onto the streets of Oxford via pressure sensitive lights embedded in the ground.  Placed in clusters across the city, the lights encourage players to gather together to map constellations from the night sky. Each “star” will shine brighter as more are activated, until the final star cues super bright beams of light – bathing the people beneath in a constellation of stars. This city-wide intervention brings life to dark, winter streets connecting strangers for a shared moment of discovery and wonder.

Laura Kriefman, founder of Guerilla Dance Project, says "We are so excited that Guerilla Dance Project have been awarded the Smart Oxford Playable City Commission. Having been actively involved in the Playable City movement for years, it is great to be able to create a city-wide piece in the UK. Guerilla Dance Project can't wait to make the stars shine bright, for all the citizens of the beautiful City of Oxford”

The judges were particularly excited by opportunities for connection between the diverse populations who live, visit and work within Oxford and the connection to Oxford’s history of space exploration from Radcliffe Observatory to the European Space Agency at Harwell. As winners of the Award, Guerilla Dance Project will receive £30,000 and guidance to help realize their ideas. The winning idea will be unveiled in Oxford in Winter. 

Read more about the winning project and team: here.




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