Unbroken Lines

Toby K Project
Opera House
Interactive Design
Toby K
Project Director
Frank Newman

Every school holiday’s Sydney Opera House runs a Creative Play program in the Western Foyer. The core goal of Creative Play is to empower young people to be artistic and collaborative. Creative Play installations need to be accessible, simultaneously accommodate a large number of participants and be suitable for both long (hours) and short (five minute) engagements.

We knew Unbroken Line was going to be a screen project but we wanted to get away from ubiquitous touch screens. Instead Unbroken Line is an extra large ‘bodyscreen’, a unique interactive technology where instead of detecting touches like a conventional screen, it detects hands, arms and body parts before they contact the screen, creating a different dynamic between participant and surface. The custom interactive app is based on the idea of a single continuous line that can be manipulated by a large group of people. The line can be configured as a single line or a number of shapes.

The installation was experienced by almost 100,000 children through the Christmas holiday period. One of the most beautiful outcomes was the collaboration of English and non-English speaking participants in the creation of bodyform artworks.