Persistence was an interactive adventure presented as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Festival. Often sport and art are seen as disparate things that share little in common. However, this work explored how persistence is a common theme of success in sport and the arts.

Audience members wore headphones and a custom made electronic badge, Corey their digital coach. Using an inbuilt compass and GPS, Corey guided audience members around the Cairns Esplanade.

Audience members adopted the role of a runner, a young hopeful aiming to run the hundred metre sprint at the Commonwealth Games. Along the way, a series of challenges tested how they juggled demands from the rest of their lives against their ambitions. Depending on their choices and their willingness to persevere against the odds, they were rewarded with either a gold, silver or bronze ‘medal’ at the conclusion of their journey.

A large, neon lit stand constructed from painted plywood anchored the show in the esplanade parklands.

The custom designed badges were all hand soldered and featured an MP3 Player, GPS, Compass, Microcontroller and an assortment of LEDs. CNC machine acrylic was used to mount the button/navigation lights. The performance was programmed into the microcontroller and had several modes for guiding participants and queuing parts of the narrative.

Persistence stand installed at the Cairns Esplanade at night.
Electronic badges for persistence waiting to go on little adventures
Detail photo of the electronic badges that powered the persistence performance at the 2018 commonwealth games festival.
Detail photo of the plywood joinery used in the contstruction of the persistence stand.
Detail photo of the neon lighting used in the construction of the persistence stand.


Persistence has been generously supported by:

Cairns Regional Council Logo
Queensland Government Logo
Kick Contemporary Arts Logo

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.