Remix the City: Space HiJack — “Disco Cube”

For my box, I wanted to do something fun and interactive, that would make people smile. When we first got given the project I planned to do something with packaging, e.g. fragile stickers, heavy stickers and bubble wrap, however I didn’t think that doing something like that would link to the “playable city” so I decided to create something more interactive, that would give Heimbold a bit more life and entertaining and enjoyable. Heimbold, even though it is meant to be the most creative and stimulating building on campus, as we have spoken about in class, is an extremely hostile and sterile environment, I aimed that my box would shift and change this, giving it a bit more life.

I have always loved Disco balls, and how the light reflects off them and how it distorts your reflection thus I decided to create a “disco cube” and have it hanging in Heimbold near the door. I knew I didn’t want to convey a powerful and serious message with it, so just something that was visually appealing and interactive was the way to go. The actual creation part didn’t take that long, I purchased numerous mosaic mirror tiles from amazon and off I went.

I am pretty happy with how it turned out however if I had more time I would have planned more carefully the placement of the tiles as some were uneven and there were areas of the box showing and also make it lighter as I was unable to hang it. As I couldn’t hang it anywhere, I placed the box on one of the tables near the café as well as on the third step as you go up to the 3rd level. I watched people interact and it was quite similar to what I expected. Most people stared at it and then just kept walking however some bent down to its level and viewed their distorted reflection in the mirrors.

When I placed the box in Heimbold I watched people interact and react to the box and took photos, however my phone recently died so will have to do new documentation and then I will post photos from my new discoveries.

Author: gmcdonald