We – Holger Förterer und Eva Judkins (Electric Eel) – want to revitalize the Werderplatz in Karlsruhe. Throughout December 2020 we are going to show an interactive projection in a display window. This projection is reminiscent of the blaze of colors of the Holi festival, in which different people throw colorful powders at each other. Within our projection, the interacting participants are going to be visible as silhouettes. Through their movements, they create color particles that stick to other people.
The installation will not only react to people in front of the facade. Up to three participants can join from home via Xbox ONE and Kinect Sensors. So the installation shall also serve as a bridge between people in the public and private space.
The Werderplatz is unsurpassed in its ambivalence in Karlsruhe. Low priced rents in the south city attract young families, students, artists and musicians. Foreign and seasonal workers rent rooms temporarily, even small owner-operated shops can survive for a long time. The Werderplatz is one of the last squares in Karlsruhe that still "functions", on which life still exists. But it is also marked by the hardship of its neighbors, the poorest of the poor, the junkies and alcoholics.
To address this problem, the city already initiated two city development processes with participation of the citizens (2002-2004 and 2014-now). One result was, that the citizens desire new, different offers for activities on the Werderplatz. Our work fosters the sensing and the use of people's own body. Through the very easy, playful access, everybody, from kids to senior citizens, passerbys or cyclists, delivery or cleaning men and neighbors can all interact together. Finally, the facade shall be filmed by a webcam to make the installation accessible for everybody online.
The concept of the work arose during the impression of the early Covid-19 crisis. In principle, it can even be performed without people residing in the public space in front of the installation.