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Mobile magic puts art in your pocket
‘Magic Tate Ball’ is a new location-based mobile app from the world renowned Tate gallery and Bristol based digital agency Thought Den. Taking inspiration from the iconic Magic 8 Ball, simply shake your phone and this clever app presents you with an artwork that is linked to your life at that moment.
Magic Tate Ball
Using date, time-of-day, geographical location, live weather data and ambient noise levels the app will select from a wealth of artworks from Tate’s Collection for the best match.
With artworks from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and many more, Magic Tate Ball presents a new, playful approach to discovering art.
I love the serendipity of discovering art through Magic Tate Ball. We hope it will please both existing Tate fans and new audiences who are interested in a more playful experience than cultural institutions typically offer.
Wherever you are in the world, Magic Tate Ball will find an appropriate piece of art. On a sunny day, share in Constable's appreciation of the great British landscape; if its raining you might encounter Matisse’s 'Snail'; or in a noisy pub you might get a Georg Baselitz sculpture made with a chainsaw. Each work comes with a twitter-sized informative write-up. A hidden bonus feature in the app can only be activated when the user visits Tate Modern.
Magic Tate Ball is an everyday, playful way of reaching an audience outside the more formal environment of a gallery. For each artwork we wanted to find a trigger in the user’s immediate surroundings which would help them engage with the work.
'Magic Tate Ball' was released on May 11th 2012 for iOS and OVI smartphones.
Thought Den was founded in 2005 by Ben Templeton and Dan Course and has earned an increasingly far reaching reputation for designing playful digital experiences for online, offline or on the move. Part of the expanding digital sector in Bristol, their clients include the BBC, Wildscreen, JVC and UK universities.
We were impressed by the ideas and creative enthusiasm of the Thought Den team. They have grasped the brief and delivered two games which are fun as well as educational.