PLAYGROUND HAVANA

This interactive installation utilizes completely analog/non-digital interactions to reflect the off-grid experience in Cuba.

  • Sponsor: Autodesk Foundation, DesignMatters at ArtCenter
  • Instructors: Tracey Shiffman, Nik Hafermaas
  • In this installation, playful objects were positioned low to the ground, so visitors must bend over or sit on the ground to explore three sensory aspects of Cuba’s urban environment. Crafted like an old-fashioned rolodex, photographs of Cuban people, animals and images circularly flipped around, blending into one another. Visitors sniffed from three vials of scents that typically perfume Havana streets: coffee, cigarettes and diesel. When visitors picked up the handle of an old rotary pay phone, fingerprints mysteriously appear. Once the receiver is replaced the prints slowly fade away.