Drift Room

Collaborators: Gabe Johnson, Tajin Biswas, Chang Zhang

In the spirit of the Royal College of Art’s Drift Table, we offer the Drift Room as a playful environment for children to explore their city. Like the prior work, the Drift Room provides a slowly ‘drifting’ projection an aerial scene, with pressure sensors change the image’s drift direction. The Drift Room primarily differs from its predecessor in scale: the projection surface is an eight foot square region, on which six adults may comfortably stand. As children play in the Drift Room they can explore local or regional geography, or play with the visual effects of standing or moving. The overhead projector shines its image onto the floor from directly above. The floor is supported by a number of springs, which adds physical reinforcement of the direction of the drift.

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