Running To Flight

Running To Flight rekindled park visitors’ connection to the landscapes that exist around us and inside us. Landscapes that shape the way we see the world.

Commissioned by artistic laboratory Metal CultureRunning To Flight was specially developed for use in Southend-on-Sea’s new public area, NetPark – the first interactive digital space of its kind in the world.

The experience took the form of an evocative and playful audio app for audiences to enjoy as they explored the park. Each player became a ‘wanderer’ whose journey around the park was narrated by an enigmatic figure whose guidance the player could either follow or reject.

We developed bespoke GPS location mapping to enable the audio to bend and respond to the path each player chose. This mesmerising narrative gave audiences gradually more and more choice, prompting players to see the world around them in new, imaginative ways and perhaps learn something new about themselves along the way too.

The project was developed in collaboration with local residents and featured in The Guardian newspaper.

NetPark, the world’s first digital art park. 2015

Running To Flight was commissioned by Metal Culture for Netpark. Netpark is supported by Metal Culture, Royal Opera House Bridge, Southend On Sea Borough Council, National Lottery, Nesta Arts and Humanities Research Council and Public funding through Arts Council England.

Creative team:

Creative Director, Rosie Poebright

Sound Designer, Duncan Speakman

Additional Programming, Simon MoretonTarim, Calvium.