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Published on May 10, 2016
Spirited Chairs takes prop chairs from productions, already placed in Copley Plaza for guests to rest, and enhances them with unexpected whimsy.
BPOC fitted seat cushions with a mix of capacitive and pressure sensors to trigger embedded Raspberry Pi computers to play dramatic performances from the production in which the chair was featured.
Each chair rotates through short clips from Richard III, The Price, or Other Desert Cities. To allow The Old Globe to change sound clips for future chairs, BPOC made each Pi accessible via FTP, for easy updates.