…And what’s the Market Street Prototyping Festival? It’s a free event to showcase selected local artists who are reinventing public space as a medium for connecting people from all walks of life.
With funding from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the James L. Knight Foundation, the festival’s vision is to unite people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds, and make Market Street a more engaging and vibrant destination.
Neuroflowers is one of fifty projects (from several hundred submissions) chosen to take over Market Street. Everything you’ll see is a demonstration of how each artist’s idea is supposed to work. Market Street’s wide sidewalks will be filled with temporary installations ranging from performance spaces to relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more.
Neuroflowers puts a colorful, tangible spin on biofeedback. Robotic flowers open and close to indicate your mental state! It’s like a carnival game to test your strength, but instead of swinging a mallet, you put on a Muse EEG headset and try your luck at controlling reality with your mind. It’s a brilliant illustration of the power of thought.
All prototypes will be available for viewing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11AM to 7PM. You’ll find Neuroflowers at One Market Street during these dates and times, and also during the Night Time Prototype Viewing from 8PM to 10PM each evening. Neuroflowers is best viewed at night, but the installation will appear under shade by day.
Come walk the festival route, check out the installations, and provide your feedback about the event. Your vote will help decide which of these designs get further funding – through the Better Market Street initiative -- to move from the prototype phase to reality.
Hope to see you there!