AN INCLUSIVE PARTICIPATORY
ART INSTALLATION EMPOWERING
AUDIENCES TO ENGAGE WITH MUSIC
THROUGH COLLABORATIVE PLAY.
HEXADECA is a participatory work empowering people from all walks of life to engage with music and art through multi-generational, all-inclusive play. This architecturally designed, music making playground draws upon sensor activated music triggering technology and collaborations with leading Australian musicians to invite the public to become the conductor. As the audience spin in custom constructed fiberglass seats they unknowingly activate portions of a musical score, only revealing the track in its entirety when each seat is occupied.
HEXADECA encourages multi-generational, all-inclusive play, because regardless of your physical ability, age or culture, joy and play are human.
What you hear
Sound is a cornerstone of the work and the element that coalesces HEXADECA, transforming the structure from a playground to a participatory work of art. The core music for the work has been custom composed and recorded by 8 Australian artists.
The tracks range from electronic to choral to brass to beatboxing and everything in between. Regardless of when each segment of the track is introduced, it aligns seamlessly to ensure a consistently satisfying aural experience no matter how many seats are spinning. The existing hour-long soundtrack can be used on its own or musicians can be commissioned to create new tracks for the project which can either be played.
Artist and creative producer: Joren Dawson
Producer: Jascha Boyce
Design + production lead: Jake Jenkins
Design + technical consultant: Simon Modra
Tech wizard: David Musch of Mapped Design
Coding + hardware support: NextFaze
HEXADECA travels in a 20’ shipping container and the Pulsing Heart team installs the work in half a day. You supply a reasoably flat space and some power and we’ll do the rest. The work can be presented indoors or out in various configurations to suit all sorts of public spaces.