Walk Walk Dance

Enchanting the post-COVID city

If COVID-19 has proven anything, it’s that cities need to adapt and change. This past year across the world, they moved quickly to prototype new ways of experiencing and exploring the city during a global health crisis. They’ve become more pedestrian and bike friendly, embraced the use and creation of outdoor public spaces, and offered safe moments of fun and delight.

Created for and during the pandemic, Walk Walk Dance is a series of music-making lines that explore how participation and interaction can create new spaces for play in cities. Let’s play with physical distancing rules, one, two, three steps at a time.

Touring Installation — 2021

The Bentway, Toronto, Canada
Montreal, Canada

Bring this project to your city

Prototype installed in Montreal in 2020.

How it works

It’s simple: step, jump, roll or dance on the lines to trigger music. This project was designed to be accessible to everyone, whether they are on foot or on wheels: all the technology is enclosed in a chain of boxes and planters, weighted down with local plants. Lines are simply drawn, painted or taped.

This is the best time ever to think of a walkable city.

Wouter Vanstiphout, Quoted from The Guardian "Smart lifts, lonely workers, no towers or tourists: architecture after coronavirus" April 13, 2020

Photo ©Jack Landau

Making cities dance

Walk Walk Dance is a roving project — designed for struggling cities that need to quickly revive their public spaces in the wake of COVID-19. Created for temporary displays, the installation adapts to all pathways and streets, making it easy to deploy in diverse urban settings.

Because every city needs a dancing strategy.

Photo ©Jack Landau

Features

  • Touchless
  • 6 feet between play sections
  • Design adapts easily to slope variations
  • All tech components are in a protective case / flower bed
  • Lines are made with paint, chalk, a carpet or adhesive

Photo ©Jack Landau

Awards and Recognitions

  • Hub Montreal International Outreach Grand Prize
  • Core77 Design Awards 2021

Credits

    • This project is an original artwork by Daily tous les jours
  • With the support of the SODEC
  • Creative Direction
    • Mouna Andraos
    • Melissa Mongiat
  • Production
    • Stu Wershof
  • Narrative Experience
    • Design Anne Ouellette
  • Sound Direction
    • Michael Baker
  • Object Design Direction
    • Rebecca Taylor
  • Interactive Direction
    • Pierre Thirion
  • Technological Direction
    • Eva Schindling
  • Technical Direction
    • Éric Villeneuve
  • Copywriting
    • Cécile Chandran
  • Video
    • Victorine Yok-Thot Sentilhes
  • Thank you
    • Daily’s team: Hugo Dufour-Bouchard, Justine Jacob-Roy & Noémie Rivière. Antoine, Léon, Leyl, Sama.
  • Powered with the help of
    • Arduino

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