Interstelar Contact is an interactive planetarium that fosters the collaboration and coordination of its users to learn astronomy. The game aims to emulate the classic game of connected dots to draw a shape, but instead of using paper and pencil with bodies.
In a darkened room, a projection on the ceiling draws the Milky Way, camera facing downwards recognises the players’ bodies. A visual guide highlights the stars of different constellations in space one by one allowing players to recreate its shape. Through collaboration and coordination, users can create and draw different constellations in an almost choreographic manner.
Once the constellation is completed, its name and other information such as its history or the name of stars that compose it appears drawn on the projected space. While playing the user experientially learns about names, forms, location and history of the constellations.
Developed in MediaLab Prado’s Media Art Futures Interactivos?15.