The Playable City Awards, run by Bristol’s Watershed, invited international artists, designers and innovators to submit proposals for interactive installations aimed at putting people and play at the heart of the city.

From 60 countries, 197 entries were submitted to Bristol’s Watershed and from there a shortlist of seven projects was chosen.

The shortlist includes an array of imaginative and innovative installations, from a human orchestra of light through a park, natured turned musical instruments, interactive LED benches that light up buildings, and even giant clouds that would hang high above Bristol, sending messages in an exploration of cloud computing vs privacy.

See the shortlisted entries.

The winning installation will be announced on 9th June with the winning piece of art unveiled this September in Bristol.

The winner will see their project realised in Bristol, become part of the community at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, as well as have the opportunity to travel to Japan for Watershed and the British Council’s Playable City programme in Tokyo.

Playable City is run by Watershed and is supported by Bristol City Council, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Bristol + Bath, The British Council, Catapult Future Cities and The Guardian.

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