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 from Carl’s perspective
- How to fix z-axis crashes on a 2418 Mini CNC Milling Machine.
- How do I improve the accuracy of a 2418 mini CNC mill?
- How to build a 2418 Mini CNC Milling Machine.
- Writers: Clinton Freeman and Carl Turner
- Set Design and Construction: Clinton Freeman, Carl Turner and Tim Allan
- Sound Design: Mike Willmett
- Recorded Performers: Matt Rainey, Rebecca Youdell, Carl Turner and Miriam Carter
- Dramaturgy: Nathan Sibthorpe
- Thanks: Nick Wong
Persistence has been generously supported by:
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.
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