Snake The Planet
By MPU
Various locations in Auckland CBD 15 Feb 2013 to 10 Mar 2013

You can already play the video game Snake on just about any device, but a new version from Sydney-based MPU Labs takes the classic and projects it on a wall, dynamically generating levels based on the environment. Called Snake the Planet, the game creates obstacles based on the surface it’s displayed on — so everything from doors to passing pedestrians will become a part of the level. It uses what MPU describes as a “pretty standard camera” to create a high-contrast black-and-white image of a wall, which is then analyzed to find shapes that are turned into pixelated obstacles. With their bicycle, a camera, a projector, a computer and a portable battery, the artists can go anywhere in the city and surprise the audience with this multiplayer game. It is an interactive and new way to discover our city!
Snake The Planet is part of Auckland Fringe and is supported by Yoobee School of Design.

MPU

MPU (Mobile Projection Unit) is a collective working on taking mobile interactive projections out into the urban landscape. The foundation of their work is to use urban architecture to generate and drive the interactive experience. By scanning building facades and determining features such as windows, doors, pipes and signs the MPU system is able to feed these into projected imagery as interactive elements in the form of geometry, boundaries or obstacles.
Part of their work involves the projection mapping of visuals onto buildings. Projection mapping has become quite common but is a very rigid and calculated practice, and as soon as you want to project the same visuals onto another building, you have to start all over again. The difference with their work is that the scanning of buildings takes place on the fly and so the interactive experience adapts to new surroundings and opens up great possibilities for real-time interaction on the move.
MPU currently consists of Lukasz Karluk a digital artist, Rene Christen an emerging Australian artist and Nick Clark an artist and engineer.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS, DATES AND TIMES

Snake The Planet will be roaming around various Fringe Festival zones in Auckland Central, every Friday and Saturday from 8.30 to 10.30 pm.

FRIDAY 15 FEB

8.30 to 9.00 pm Aotea Square
9.15 to 9.45 pm Aotea Square
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

SATURDAY 16 FEB

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm Aotea Square
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

FRIDAY 22 FEB

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm Aotea Square
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

SATURDAY 23 FEB

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm Aotea Square
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

FRIDAY 1 MARCH

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm Aotea Square
10.00 to 10.30 pm Silo Park

SATURDAY 2 MARCH

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm Aotea Square
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

FRIDAY 8 MARCH

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

SATURDAY 9 MARCH

8.30 to 9.00 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
9.15 to 9.45 pm St Kevin’s Arcade
10.00 to 10.30 pm Basement Theatre

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