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. Infamous speeches, radical politics, cutting edge performance and many 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 as a way to access this information—via tickets to past events. Also appropriate as the machine was to be located in the box office area. A metal box, decorated with gold vinyl typography—designed to have an antique sign-written feel—houses the electronics. The instructions on the box ask the visitor to print a ticket. A selection of 3 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. One of these historical anecdotes from the database is chosen at random, printed and spooled out from the box for the visitor to take home as a memento.
The Ticket To The Past machine is currently on display in Battersea Arts Centre Foyer and the public are welcome to interact with it.