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Austin Design Week 2017 Presents: Downtown Choose Your Own Adventure

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New Central Library, 2nd Street entrance

710 W Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78701

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Austin Design Week 2017 Presents: Downtown Choose Your Own Adventure

Organized by: Chris Gannon


Wander is a digital installation that leads you on two simultaneous journeys - one an exploration of the city, the other an interactive literary adventure. The project’s only physical component is a sculpture set in front of the New Central Library. This artifact acts as the gateway to Wander, and it is here where we we will begin our event.

We will start with a discussion about location based experiences and the lo-fi theory of exploration. Wandering is the core of this experience and we take it seriously. We'll also touch on the collaborative nature of the project, non-linear storytelling, the importance of universal design, and the public art process. Finally we will tap into Wander and begin our adventure.

Each person should bring a phone or tablet and come prepared to explore the city. The group will choose a story together and at the end of the first chapter will be presented a choice on how to direct the action. The group will split depending on who chooses which option and set off looking for the next chapter. As the project unfolds the group will split again and again, forming multiple smaller parties throughout the city all exploring alternate storylines.


Facilitators: Chris Gannon, Chadwick Wood, and Brockett Davidson

Chris Gannon grew up in rural east Texas and has been running wild in Austin since 2001. He can most often be found riding his bike to Barton Springs or stacking blocks with his son. Chris is currently designing buildings at Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

Chadwick Wood moved from San Antonio to Austin in 1998 to study at UT. After graduating, he spent a few years in San Francisco and then decided to come home. He designs and develops creative software at Coffeeshopped.

Austin native Brockett Davidson searches for delight via the clever manipulation of shape/materials and space in service to an enriched human experience as an architect, artist, and designer.


For the full Austin Design Week schedule, check out austindesignweek.org.

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