Eyes - Sandpit

Country Arts SA
Eyes

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an interactive audio tour about the apocalypse that can tour virtually anywhere.

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THE PROJECT.........................

Eyes is an intricate, interactive audio tour that takes audiences on a journey simulating the apocalypse. It is the powerful result of a three year research project – the Digital Theatre Initiative funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It was produced in association with Country Arts SA, one of South Australia's largest arts organisations, providing arts and services across regional South Australia.

Audiences members are greeted by Matt, a tour guide promising to take your on an exhilarating journey through the post apocalyptic landscape and tells us "The following hour of your life will see you asking yourself, do I have what it takes to survive?"

Each audience member is given a special audio device, designed and produced by Sandpit. The audio device gives the audience members access to a hidden world, made available via a rich sonic landscape created by sound designer and continual Sandpit collaborator Brendan Woithe. Audiences hear Matt via a radio mic in addition to pre-recorded music and sound effects triggered over wifi by a hidden stage manager. Audio triggering iBeacons are also scattered along the walk. This allows a highly realistic and emotive world to emerge from nowhere as if by magic.

Eyes is designed to attach to any pre-existing environment and was created to tour to arts festivals around the world. It tours with two personnel and a tent – that's it!

Eyes promotes discussion around the self in speculative futures; the role of science fiction in real life, religion, spirituality, physics and our knowledge of the environment and universe. It is the kind of technological magic Sandpit is known for.

CREDITS.........................

Directed by Sandpit
Text by Rachel Perks
Performed by Matt Crook
Sound & Music by Brendan Woithe
Set & Costume Design by Jonathon Oxlade
Design realsiation by Renate Henschke
Stage management by Lachlan Martin
Technical managment by James Paul
Technology by Sandpit

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

Custom audio devices: RF receiver, iBeacons, wifi

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WHAT'S BEEN SAID..........................

“Sandpit takes incredibly complex ideas and make them work simply, elegantly and beautifully. And always with a touch of magic!”

Steve Mayhew, Creative Producer
Country Arts SA

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