Alexandra Palace is known as the People’s Palace, so what better way to celebrate that inclusivity than by getting visitors to become a walking, talking piece of its history. Literally!
At first glance, the video walls of the People’s Palace installation look like large billboards with the screens show upcoming events. So far, so normal. But, when a visitor walks in front of the screen all that changes.
Because whenever someone walks past, the screen bursts into life as it creates a copycat, ever-evolving avatar of the visitor made up of hundreds of tiny iconic moments from Alexandra Palace’s history – which act just like large pixels. So if the visitor puts their hands on their hips, their avatar puts its hands on its hips and when they jump the avatar jumps.
To make it even more immersive, the avatar streams a trail of ‘pixels’ behind it as it moves. So whenever a visitor moves the avatar copies it exactly, leaving behind a stream of fading, will-o-the-wisp gold from Alexandra Palace’s past. Press on one of these pixels before it disappears and an infographic on the subject in the ‘pixel’ appears.