The Amazing Skype Race Process Blog (Compilation)

Goal: Networking skype
The entire process of creating this piece was a group effort. Everyone involved in its creation worked equally on the project, and the project was only worked on when everyone was present.

– Video feed chases
– Hide and go seek
– Class going to find something hidden, directing them

– take initial pictures (hints)
– test the walk with skype
– objects to hide along the way (chocolate coins)
– chocolate coins in treasure chest

4 Ipods
4 headsets
4 people guiding
4 runners

Start Locations:
A)Outside the Slav’s classroom
B)The entrance to the Ryerson Store on Victoria
C)The corner where KHN meets KHE
D)In the Student Center

Coin Locations:
A)The RACC
B)The Library
C)The VIC Image Arts Lounge
D)Nurses Station

TEAM “?”


Package Envelope Includes:

–       4 photographs
–       1 sample coin
–       1 regular sized envelope (containing final instructions)

Equipment
–       1 IPhone
–       1 pair of headphones
–       1 surveillance computer

Instructions (READ CAREFULLY)


1) Select one runner

2) Equip runner with IPhone and headphones

3) IPhone should connect through Skype to the computer where the team is situated

4) Send runner to designated starting location:
The corner where KHN meets KHE (2nd Level)

5) Wait for command to open package. Examine contents.

6) Direct your runner to each of the four locations in the photographs via Skype. Gather a “?” coin at each location. (See sample coin included in package)

7) Once your runner has gathered all four coins at each location open the final envelope. Direct them to the final destination.

8) The first team to complete these steps will gain access to the treasure vault.

TEAM “!”


Package Envelope Includes:

–       4 photographs
–       1 sample coin
–       1 regular sized envelope (containing final instructions)

Equipment
–       1 IPhone
–       1 pair of headphones
–       1 surveillance computer

Instructions (READ CAREFULLY)


1) Select one runner

2) Equip runner with IPhone and headphones

3) IPhone should connect through Skype to the computer where the team is situated

4) Send runner to designated starting location:
The Student Center lobby.

5) Wait for command to open package. Examine contents.

6) Direct your runner to each of the four locations in the photographs via Skype. Gather a “!” coin at each location. (See sample coin included in package)

7) Once your runner has gathered all four coins at each location open the final envelope. Direct them to the final destination.

8) The first team to complete these steps will gain access to the treasure vault.

TEAM “;”


Package Envelope Includes:

–       4 photographs
–       1 sample coin
–       1 regular sized envelope (containing final instructions)

Equipment
–       1 IPhone
–       1 pair of headphones
–       1 surveillance computer

Instructions (READ CAREFULLY)


1) Select one runner

2) Equip runner with IPhone and headphones

3) IPhone should connect through Skype to the computer where the team is situated

4) Send runner to designated starting location:
Entrance to the Ryerson Store on Victoria

5) Wait for command to open package. Examine contents.

6) Direct your runner to each of the four locations in the photographs via Skype. Gather a “;” coin at each location. (See sample coin included in package)

7) Once your runner has gathered all four coins at each location open the final envelope. Direct them to the final destination.

8) The first team to complete these steps will gain access to the treasure vault.

TEAM “&”


Package Envelope Includes:

–       4 photographs
–       1 sample coin
–       1 regular sized envelope (containing final instructions)

Equipment
–       1 IPhone
–       1 pair of headphones
–       1 surveillance computer

Instructions (READ CAREFULLY)


1) Select one runner

2) Equip runner with IPhone and headphones

3) IPhone should connect through Skype to the computer where the team is situated

4) Send runner to designated starting location:
Outside Lila Pine’s classroom (In POD)

5) Wait for command to open package. Examine contents.

6) Direct your runner to each of the four locations in the photographs via Skype. Gather a “&” coin at each location. (See sample coin included in package)

7) Once your runner has gathered all four coins at each location open the final envelope. Direct them to the final destination.

8) The first team to complete these steps will gain access to the treasure vault.


Map

Artist Statement

We are creating an interactive performance piece involving four teams. They will use Skype and an IPhone to work together and complete a scavenger hunt around the Ryerson University campus. Each team will select one runner to search for their team’s coins while the team directs them using a set of photographs as clues. They are racing to win a prize. This work explores the themes behind network-based communication. It is essentially a study behind the efficiency of group coordination in an online space. We predict that it will demonstrate that people are able to communicate through a network-based system to the same standard (if not better) as in physical space. The relationship between Skype, the photographs and physical space illustrates our concept by merging the space of both runner and team.


We intend to create an exciting and stimulating experience for our users. The teams will first have to work together to discover the locations based on their clues. The instructors must guide their runner strategically so as to reach the goal first. Along the way they must make sure their team’s coins are found and collected. The instructors must create clear and concise instructions for their runner to follow. This is essential because the runner does not have any clues for the locations. The instructors will be watching what their runner is doing at all times through a Skype video call, and communicating to them through headphones. If the instructors communicate effectively to the runner then the runner should not feel disoriented or confused at any time. They will however be completely dependent on networked connection, without it they would be lost. The goal is to get the teams to relate images and space to what their runner is seeing, and translates their words into images in the mind of the runner. The live stream of video the runner is providing is a direct gateway to the space they are trying to locate.


To summarize, this piece demonstrates a blending of physical and virtual space. It uses everyday technology to express our concept in a playful way. It relates directly the experience we have using this technology on a daily basis, while making a clear statement about the efficiency and implications of these virtual networks.

PHOTOS:


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About Connors Eilersen

I am a graduate (BFA) of Ryerson University, and I like to make things, design things, and think things.
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