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1. The Wishing-well An interactive sound installation 2.

  • The Wishing-well is an interactive sound installation that will utilise the Internet as its main interface between users and content
  • Once enough content has been generated by online users, the sound clips will be installed for playback at specific public sites
  • This will mainly be done by myself, but participants will have the option of creating their own sound installations at sites of their choice
  • The installations will be documented (pictures/movie clips) and posted back to the website

Project idea 3. Collaborative partnerships

  • Rat Western
  • Studied BA (Fine Art) at Wits
  • Went on to do her MA in Interactive Media Design
  • Now manages the Bag Factory
  • Does web design
  • Has a thorough understanding of the Wishing-well project both technically and conceptually, and will therefore be able to make a valuable contribution to the research, development and implementation of the piece
  • Will be largely responsible for web development, but will no doubt contribute to all areas of the project as a whole


  • Machfeld
  • Based in Vienna, Austria
  • Interested in setting up The Wishing-well in and around Vienna, and combining voice recordings from Austria and South Africa for their exhibition in Graz in December

5. Concept

  • Blurring the boundaries between user and artist
  • As in the case of Vectorial Elevation, the idea behind The Wishing-well is to let online users (i.e. people who are not necessarily adept at programming) dictate the development of the project
  • Even though the actual execution of the piece takes place in real time at specific locations, the content will be generated through web-based technology

6. Project design / aesthetic treatment

  • The website


  • Instructions on the website:
  • 1. Make a wish
  • 2. Record your wish
  • 3. Post it to the site
  • 4. Access other peoples wishes recorded on the same day as your own, and mash up your unique version of the perfect wish (Make sure the final version is between 1 minute and 1.30 minutes long)
  • 5. Upload your mash-up
  • 6. The following day, your mash-up together with everyone else who had made one on the same day will be part of the installation
  • The final mash-up:


  • Possible sites for playback
  • - Public drinking fountains
  • Swimming pools
  • Bathrooms

9. Research and development

  • Technical aspects
  • Creating audience awareness (email and Facebook)
  • Web development
  • Streamlining user-interaction (both online and during the recording/editing process)
  • Finding the cheapest and most secure way of setting up the installation


  • Concept
  • Rafael Lozano-HemmersVectorial Elevation

11. Project plan

  • Preliminary testing of audience response (done)
  • Dividing tasks between Rat and myself (done)
  • Website up and running (9/10)
  • Generating online content (10/10 - 10/11 and beyond)
  • Monitor and manage website (daily)
  • Set up installation (daily or weekly - depending on the level of response)
  • Documentation (ongoing until 15/11)

12. List of possible concerns

  • How does one guarantee optimal user interaction?
  • Copyright (posting of illegal content)
  • Cost
  • Security risk