An old beauty parlor chair acts as a time machine – when sat in, the chair provides the participant with various layers of audio and physical interactions that together create a disjointed narrative. The audio layers include background sounds and overheard conversations, as well as comments, or complements, to the participant – “My, what healthy hair you have! What do you use?” A truck goes by, a hairdryer comes on, and the chair vibrates slightly. “Excuse me ma’am, are you reading that magazine?” – a solenoid taps the armrest.
Proposed interaction scenario:
Participant sits in the chair.
Main audio begins (cd).
A red LED slowly fades up (in the ashtray).
Intermittently separate digital audio devices (momentary contact = play) kick in with physical counterparts – trunk/hairdryer and vibration, solenoid tapping on the armrest or back with a direct question.
Things quiet down and the red LED fades out.
Several (at least two) digital audio devices
Sensors (photo resistor, pressure sensor)
Stuff to figure out
CD player – hack into the play button so that I can trigger it on.
Back-up, hit it with a solenoid (not optimal).
The same with the digital audio devices. Sync them with their respective physical counterparts.