An exhibition of the development of spring_alpha:spring_city during the Huddersfield residency was presented at the Media Centre's Medialounge space from July - October 2005.
The exhibition included live demos of the new graphics clients displaying the complete urban environment from Chad's original Spring drawing in both 2D and 3D formats. The 2D version follows the black and white, top-down architectural plan style of the drawing whilst the 3D version presents a first person view walking through the city. The 3D version is in colour and style similar to the Evolution Is Not Over Yet drawings.
In additon to the demos, a series of pohysical models were prested of game characters, one of the council houses and a table-top print of Spring. These referenced older pre-computer forms of gaming and simulation play such as table-top wargames and doll houses. The intention behind these is to provide a set of tangible objects that workshops could be staged around (the table, for example has a wipe-clean surface so particpants can draw over the original image and plan out game scenarios). This acknowledges the fact that discussion in a workshop environment sometimes works better when people are face-to-face over a table rather than focused exclusively on computer screens, thus allowing for different forms of public engagement in the work.
Along with the game demos and models, the website for the project was on display and three video works. The video works included one of Chad telling the Spring story over details shots from the drawing, Mark Vernon's audio walk with excerpts from the text and drawings, and some CCTV footage adapted from machinima animations from the game engine.
A series of some of the development drawings Chad had produced for the original drawings and the game were also included, such as character designs and story scenarios.
- Ricardo Creemers, Stefan Gartner, Simon Yuill
- Chad McCail
- Richard Dawson
- Mark Vernon
- Ricardo Creemers, Eleonora Oreggia
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and video monitors
|computers||drawings and 3D game client|
|estate residents||figures on table||policeman and dogman|
|story video||CCTV video||audio walk|