Richard Wilson, Iain Gildea, Hilary Grant, Chris Moule
Artful Dodgems is a creative workshop
combining technology, design and art in which participants build their
own dodgem car and create a flexible visual art piece that can be
This workshop enables participants to design and manufacture their
own miniature dodgem car using simple electronics and a nailbrush.
The individual dodgems are then placed into a purpose-built arena (1m
sq in size) that is constructed by the participants and provides
the power source for the dodgems movement and collisions.
The random movement of the dodgems and the LED lights on their
masts trace light patterns on the fabric that covers the top of
the arena. The fabric is painted with a special UV responsive
paint so that the movement of the dodgems produces temporary
drawings of light onto the canvas. A camera situated directly above
the canvas captures these traces of light. This interactive
display becomes a novel addition to any exhibition or showcase.
Participants are able to control (turn on and off) the dodgems in situ and
remotely (in their own homes) through a dedicated website and view the
patterns being made 'live' via the webcam. A second webcam is operable
from the side of the arena to allow viewers to watch the dodgems bumping into
one another and moving around.
- To deliver a sense of achievement amongst participants
- To stimulate a sense of shared vision and teamwork amongst participants
- To motivate individual creative expression
- To provide points of learning at each stage of workshop
- To demonstrate fruitful contribution to larger goal
- To stimulate interaction and enhance participants social skills
- To create an interesting art piece that can provoke thought
- To have fun
Artful Dodgem workshop locations
Artful Dodgems website
High resolution project images