Hack the Barbican was an open call for creatives and technologists to use the landmark Barbican building to create interesting and innovative ideas. Along with a small team from DigitasLBi, I came up with the concept a 24 hour clock that takes you on a sonic tour of London's history.
AM:PM:AD Timelapse takes its inspiration from the 24-hour clock. Each time of day in the 24-hour clock becomes the year with that number, so at 13:48 you will experience the sights and sounds of the Black Death, while at 19:40 it is the Blitz.
Once the concept was agreed, a team of Designers and Creative Technologists came naturally together out of a handful of 'after-hours' sessions. The individuals that stuck it out later became the official Hack the Barbican dream team. A wide range of skills was necessary to get the installation up and running.
Here are a few shots from our working sessions:
In addition to building the physical clock, we created a Mobile App that visitors to the Barbican could check out to understand more about what they were hearing and seeing.
The first rule we set ourselves during the hack project was that we all had to learn something new and work (ever so slightly) outside of our comfort zones. So I tasked myself with the Front-end development of the Responsive Website visitors would log onto.
The clock was installed at the Barbican for a period of 2 weeks. The clock had to be checked on a daily basis because the cleaners had a habit of turning our power off at the end of each day!
The design of the site paid homage to the timeless branding created for the Barbican by North. Although not an 'official' Barbican installation, we wanted the physical clock as well as the design around the installation to feel at home there.