Battersea Arts Centre commissioned us to create an interactive, engaging installation in their waiting room area. The aim of the piece being to underline the heritage of the building, a former Town Hall, built in 1893 by Edward Mountford. Over the past 120 years this building has played host to many fascinating people and incredible stories with infamous speeches, radical politics, cutting edge performance and personal journeys.
The aim for us was to reward the visitor with intriguing or revelationary, key facts and significant moments from Battersea Arts Centre’s rich heritage and history. We created a ticket machine. A play on the fact that the machine will be located in the box office area but also a way to access information via tickets to past events. A metal box is decorated with gold vinyl designed to have an antique sign-written feel. The text on the box asks the visitor to print a ticket. A selection of buttons are situated on the machine, each with it’s own category. Upon pressing one of these buttons, a database of facts and histories specific to the chosen category is accessed at random and one of these short, snappy anecdotes, neatly typeset, is physically printed and spooled out from the box.
The Ticket To The Past machine is currently on display in Battersea Arts Centre Foyer and the public are welcome to interact with it, so if you find yourself in the area, feel free to visit.