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THE PROJECTS


On The Diffi culty of Serving Tea


Celebrating the ancient ritual of tea, this was presented at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2011. Visitors were invited to try and pour a cup of tea from a suspended teapot, via a complicated set of pulleys. Sugar was added via a small catapult.


21 Balançoires 21 Balançoires (21


Swings) is a giant collective instrument. The message behind it is that people can achieve more together than they can separately. Each swing is a different instrument – there are four instruments and the trajectory of the swing triggers different notes. Every few minutes the chords change and when people swing it triggers a melody. Melodies emerge only


through co-operation, and the


exercise of co-operation means more layers are unravelled. It’s a game where people have to adjust to the actions of others. Swings were chosen as the conduit because everyone has nostalgic childhood memories of them. The swings were installed in Montreal in 2010 and are being reinstalled by popular demand. Daily Tous Les Jours is currently in talks about taking the swings to other cities.


Kit Opérette


This installation at La Gaité Lyrique museum in Paris allows people to become opera performers, each playing a different role, such as a tenor or soprano. Visitors sing and dance in a dynamic setting reminiscent of a burlesque


performance, and the piece evolves along with their participation. The project was largely inspired by the tradition of the historical Théâtre de la Gaîté in Paris.


On The Diffi culty of Serving Tea at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London


operetta. Props include a ping pong table, a pair of suspended wings, a chequered dance fl oor, a skirt, two umbrellas and six pom poms. People interact with the props to create the music; when it is their turn, the lights project onto them. Each player adopts a different part in the


The Giant Sing Along Taking place at the 2011 and 2012 Minnesota State Fayres, this was a fi eld full of microphones, inviting people to sing together, karaoke-style, and enjoy a contagious, uplifting communal experience. A large screen displayed the lyrics of the songs, voted for by the public. Discordant notes were avoided by a sound- processing system auto-toning the voices, adjusting the pitch and the reverb and ensuring everyone sounded good. The songs were chosen by the public prior to the event via the website.


Are there any downsides? We’re always reinventing the wheel.


What are your short and long term ambitions for the company? We want to continue to explore interaction between people and their surroundings, looking at what experiences bring people together and transform the way they live.


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We also want our temporary experimental projects to become permanent interventions wherever possible. Long term, we’re fascinated by the


‘future of’ things, whether they are public places, technologies, schools, hospitals, restaurant or libraries. We hope explore a large variety of scenarios and locations in which we can engage the public. ●


✪ WATCH THE VIDEOS


You can watch videos of the installations at:- www.dailytouslesjours.com


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