‘public override TriChild()’ was the official public exhibition by Ethno Tekh and all in all it was a great success.
Our aim was to fit out the space with interesting interactive artworks and get people used to experiencing art and technology in new and interesting ways and change the way they view the gallery environment.
We wanted to build the idea of exploration and play into each of the installations, to try and build a fun, participatory gallery experience. We focussed on this aspect to try and and draw the viewer away from the usual ‘look but don’t touch’, art at arms distance type of environment which in our opinion can alienate some people in stuffy gallery environments.
Another motivation of ours was to study and learn how people approach these environments, how they learn to interact with the technology, what barriers have to overcome and most importantly which aspect are the most fun and most meaningful to the user.
We were lucky enough to have a lot of amazing people make it down to the exhibition, so many so that we ran the bar out by the end of the night and had to pry people away from the installations so we could close the gallery. There was a great mix of young and old and everyone in between playing with works, all with their own unique approach.
This gave us ample opportunity to study reactions, talk to people about how they played with the works and what aspects they enjoyed the most.
It was great experience and opportunity for putting our work through its paces.
See our projects page for a breakdown of the installations that were active at public override TriChild().