Interactive installation at Central Library

Interactive App

It’s been a really exciting weekend here in Manchester! An exhausting one as well! But we had a really good time working on the finale event of the Big Digital Project which was part of the Manchester Histories Festival 2014.

One of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, the Central Library, opened its doors again to the public last week after being closed for almost four years to be restored. And we had the chance to work on the interactive installation that filled its beautiful reading room ceiling with light and written words on Saturday night.

Manchester Library Installation 01

Manchester Library Installation 02
We were working lately on the custom software which made the interactive part of the projection mapping installation possible. The user interface was designed and coded in Processing: a minimalist easy-to-use application which allowed everybody to participate.

People came to express their own thoughts, responding to the question “What do you want to say?”. Their answers were captured and sent over via wifi to another control app we designed in Processing.


The beautiful thing is that all the people’s comments were projected on the library’s dome! A lively mixture of flashing words changing sizes here and there, all accompanied by live visuals and an awesome soundscape.

The library looks awesome! Go and explore if you have some time!