19th Apr, 2019

Weird and wonderful art set for streets of Coventry

Emily Fish 13th Jun, 2017

WEIRD and wonderful art is set for the streets of Coventry – and organisers want your input.

A team of digital artists is inviting residents to help create a more vibrant travel experience in the city.

Ludic Rooms, based at Studio 20/21 at the Canal Basin, is launching the project after being selected as Digital Artists in Residence for Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

The team wants people to think of fun, innovative and digital methods to bring to life the way they travel around the city centre.

Dom Breadmore, creative director of Ludic Rooms, said: “Our aim is to encourage people to think differently, to look at, for example, a bus stop, how we can use that differently, digitally and how everyday life might look in a future city.”

The project is primarily funded by the Coventry City of Culture Trust – alongside Arts Council England.

Ludic Rooms will be hosting a series of workshops in the next few weeks to discuss how playful gadgets and gizmos could make travelling through Coventry more fun.

The workshops hope to reach more than 300 people, representative of different backgrounds, ages and cultures.

Following this, the team will select prototypes to display at a public exhibition in July at the new CET Building popup art space in the former Coventry Telegraph offices in Corporation Street, city centre.

A number of the prototypes designed by the community will also be developed by the Ludic Rooms’ team of artists and technologists into playful interactive artworks.

These artworks will be displayed in a week-long takeover of the city streets in October- popping up in different locations at different times throughout the week.

The artists plan to distribute route maps to help the public locate the creations.

Dom said: “We want to engage a city of creators, working with people to represent their experiences and creating artworks that spark the imagination of local people.

“Our creative process will be taking the public’s ideas – these moments of magic – and making them a reality.”

Laura McMillan, manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Digital art and culture is a major element of our bid to be UK City of Culture so we are thrilled to be working with Ludic Rooms.”

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