A Vivid Walk Through Suffragette London
Commissioned by Borealis Festival 2013 for the “March on London” Event
The Argument of the Broken Window Pane is an Augmented Reality walk, designed to unwind through some key Central London sites that made the history of the Suffragettes Movement. It is delivered through smartphones using an augmented reality engine, 3D audio and GPS tracking.
“From every part of the crowded and brilliantly lighted streets came the crash of splintered glass. People started as a window shattered at their side; suddenly there was another crash in front of them; on the other side of the street; behind – everywhere. Scared shop assistants came running out to the pavements; traffic stopped; policemen sprang this way and that; five minutes later the streets were a procession of excited groups, each surrounding a woman wrecker being led in custody to the nearest police station. Meanwhile the shopping quarter of London had plunged itself into a sudden twilight. Shutters were hurriedly fitted; the rattle of iron curtains being drawn came from every side. Guards of commissionaires and shopmen were quickly mounted, and any unaccompanied lady in sight, especially if she carried a handbag, became an object of menacing suspicion.”
Daily Mail, March 1912
The foundation of the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903 marked the start of a radical new phase in the fight to win the right to vote for British women. It would send shock waves through polite society and provoke civil disobedience on a massive scale. As part of the Borealis 2013 London event, key historical sites will be transformed into a virtual theatre of holophonic sound and Augmented Reality video installations, using original and archive material to create a uniquely immersive urban experience.
Sound Design Excerpts – 3D SOUND – Puts some headphones on!