This is a project done in collaboration with YesYesNo. The goal was to turn the historic Ferry Building in downtown Auckland New Zealand into a giant interactive playground.

We used 3 different types of interaction – body interaction on the two stages, hand interaction above a light table, and phone interaction with the tracking of waving phones. There were 6 scenes, cycled every hour for the public. The whole experience lasted 6 nights.


The monster scene was a full body interaction – as people danced in front of light boxes their contours would magically transform into a playful monster. As groups of people came together they created giant monsters. see more monsters here


This scene is another full body interaction – as people made growing gestures a fern would spawn from their contour. Throughout the scene colorful butterflies would flock toward peoples bellies.


This scene allowed people to finger paint on the entire building.


This scene generated large constellations from the motion of people’s cellphones. The more movement people made caused stars to spill from the building.


Interaction Design and Software: 
YesYesNo -- Joel Gethin Lewis, Zach Lieberman, Pete Hellicar, Kyle McDonald, Todd Vanderlin w/ Daito Manabe sound design (

Art Direction and Production: 

Hellicar & Lewis (

Show Direction and Production: 
Inside Out Productions (

Simon Velvin @ The Church (

The Electric Canvas (

Music: 9th Wonder - Beautiful Morning (instrumental), Gin Wigmore - Under My Skin

Thanks to NZ Telecom and the Auckland City Council for supporting this, Peter Milne and all the Team, Simon Velvin and all at the Church, Mike Mizrahi, Marie Adams and all at Inside Out Productions, and Takayuki Ito.

Relevant Links: 
Inside Out Productions: 
The Church: 
Hellicar & Lewis: 
Kyle McDonald: