Illuminators of Aberdeen

Festival Location: Union Terrace Gardens

The world-changing stories of Aberdeen’s innovators – from the eminent physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, to the inventor of the MRI scanner – were all illuminated through a new interactive app commissioned for Spectra.

Illuminators of Aberdeen unlocked a selection of remarkable stories through sound and beautiful graphics via the app. The user followed a trail of light boxes displaying a series of images through Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, and used the app to watch those pictures spring to life.

The app recognised the pictures displayed on the light boxes and triggered the image to come to life and told the story of each innovator of Aberdeen featured.

About the artist…

Stand + Stare is the artistic collaboration of brother and sister, Barney Heywood and Lucy Telling. They create interactive exhibitions and installations with a narrative focus for a range of settings including festivals, theatres and museums. Their work often uses documentary and archival material, but, with roots in theatre, they are not afraid to stray into fiction.

They tend to focus on tangible, real things, such objects you can interact with or books you flick through. These are enhanced through the use of digital technology, which allows greater depth to the experiences they create.

Recent projects include an app for Carnegie Hall, New York, to celebrate their 125th anniversary; Tangible Memories, a University of Bristol research project, developing new technologies to help older people remember their life histories; and they have also recently set up a new company, Mayfly Sound, which allows you to add the sounds of life to the pages of a book.

They are based in Bristol, where they are a resident company of the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed, and also have a studio at St Nicholas’s Market.