Human Tiles

Ocubo (Portugal)

Location: Gala Theatre

A kaleidoscope of collective action

Human Tiles envelopes architecture in shape-shifting patterns. The visuals are created in real-time in response to the audience’s movements and the colour of their clothes. Inspired by the ornate Azulejo tiles that characterise so many Portuguese cities, this interactive light installation gives visitors the chance to transform the facade of a building in Durham city centre. Move your body and make the patterns multiply!

About Ocubo

Ocubo is an international creative studio producing artistic events and installations to tell captivating stories through light and technology. They have animated historic sites with large-scale projections in more than 20 cities worldwide. Their projects often invite the local community to be co-creators of their works through participation.

Supported by The Embassy of Portugal.

Accessibility information

Stepped access between Millennium Place and Freeman’s Place: available next to the Premier Inn/Missoula.  There are 4 flights of steps consisting of 8/11/12/12 steps.

Stepped access between Missoula and Ebony: 2 flights of steps consisting of 7/7 steps.

Stepped access between Ebony and Gala Theatre: 2 flights of steps consisting of 8/8 steps.

Seating available within Millennium Place with adequate lighting in the area. 

Lift access from Walkergate Car Park and Freeman’s Place to Millennium Place: There is lift access from within Walkergate Carpark and also from Freeman’s Place below Fat Buddha restaurant. There are power assisted doors to each lift. Access to Level 1 – Riverside ground level, Level 5 – bars and lower level of Millennium place, Level 7 – upper level, restaurants and Gala theatre. Car parks close at midnight.

Platform lift: Within Millennium place there is a platform lift available to go between the upper and lower levels of Millennium Place, this is situated next to the Bishops Mill pub.

Access from Milburngate Bridge: There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving.

Access from Claypath:  steep downward slope from Claypath towards Millennium Place. Paved footpath.

Artwork description: Moving projection on wall. Colour and speed of the projection is impacted by audience interaction.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

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