BEATSPOT - the interactive bench. A seating object inspired by two observations from the public space. Firstly, the “Park bench phenomenon”. When looking for a free park bench, we often hesitate to sit down on a bench where somebody else is already sitting. In contrast with this, music in the public space has the opposite effect – it connects, stimulates and animates people. Interaction with our bench happens by sitting on it, which initiates a beat. The bench offers five different beats, comparable to a band with five players, which together result in a tune. A musical instrument which is played simply and intuitively by the user. BEATSPOT creates a place where we make music together, get into contact with each other and can interact in a playful way.

Claudia Dolbniak and Silvia Saure