CANNED THEATRE

 

Product and Service Design with a digital theatre that can be played at remote communities

CLIENT:

CNA, National Center for the Arts (MX)

ROLE:

Part of the Engineering Hub Team tasked with prototyping and constructing this project. Explored further with solo work

CHALLENGE:

How might we develop an entertaining and community building service that will feasibly conducted in the remote communities of Mexico.

OUTCOME:

Five big plastic containers, fitted with speakers and bluetooth mp3 players perform as a full cast to entertain an audience, each one of them voicing a different character.

Running on batteries, it can play even on locations without electricity. The Canned Theatre tells the 30 minute story of five characters - each of them represented by a container- that have mysteriously fallen into cans while visiting a canned beans factory.

The characters speak in turns and each voice comes out of their perspective cans. This was accomplished through a bluetooth mp3 player-amplifier-speaker arrangement. Each of the 5 recordings have only their respective characters dialogue and is stored on a usb drive. The recordings leave gaps of silence where the other characters are speaking. It all comes together thanks to the bluetooth module that works with a remote control so that we can play and pause simultaneously. One of the challenges was making the 5 modules respond to the same remote control so that the 5 recordings start at the same time.

The value of Canned Theatre is that it can be adapted to as many characters or plotlines as needed and taken anywhere. Providing a cultural event for communities, schools or individuals that may not be able to attend a conventional theatrical space.