The Irish Government’s Oireachtas Committee on Communications wanted to bring together stakeholders from the media industry to discuss the future of broadcast licensing. They required an experience that would yield insight through inclusive discussion & hired event-architects Connect-the-Dots to make it happen. 

To scale their USP, Connect-the-Dots hired Léon to design & deploy a 2nd-screen communication platform as part of a wider multi-screen strategy. By placing a communal iPad on each table that was then linked to venue-screens, group-based conversations were be sharable across the cohort at large. 

Not only did this solution create a sense of community at both micro & macro level, by data-mining the conversations, Léon was able to render an insight-report based on attendee-insight.

 
 

Science Gallery Dublin were hosting a conference call with their International counterparts & wanted to include a live panel discussion from the stage in Dublin, but did not know how they could involve remote partners in the Q&A. 

Léon designed a web-based communication platform through which remote partners could comment to the stage in Dublin - engaging directly with the panel while remaining connected via conference-call.

The result was an engaged discussion across timezones, with remote members vested in the discussion that emerged. 

 
 

This was a commission from the TEI conference to design an experience that would challenge ideas around fake-news, to be realised in the Kulturhuset Gallery. 

Léon’s concept was to be ironic: entertainment through the creation & consumption of fake-news would then lead to discomfort at the realisation of such. Through a web-based ‘fake-news service’, visitors could write stories via their phones, which were then mined for named-entities, matched to multimedia, composed as an Al-Jazeera news report & relayed back to the gallery-screen.

The fluidity of the experience & novelty of the premise saw visitors engrossed in the fake stories that emerged. The power of the experience has led to further commissions, with it featuring at London Design Festival 2018.

 
 

The ETH Futurlab is a space containing cutting-edge screen-interaction technology. For the 2013 DigitalArtWeeks festival, Léon was commissioned to design an experience harnessing the space as an interactive volume.

The audio-visual system deployed revealed realtime media processes. The result was a spatial experience that on one level engaged the senses, but on another facilitated audience-learning through their interaction with the screens.s.

 
 

This performance was part of the Limerick City of Culture legacy series, with Léon’s concept challenging audience-opinion on the then impending ‘Irish Same-Sex Marriage Referendum’.

Léon deployed a popup social-network that the audience accessed on mobile, over which they could converse via the venue’s screen. As the performer, Léon encouraged discussion to emerge - then diffused audio-visual backdrops challenging extreme comments.

Due to the anonymity of the popup network, audience members spoke honestly & freely. By fusing the aesthetics of cinema, debate and standup performance, a visceral & cathartic experience emerged.

 
 

This live cinema performance took place at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle & was designed to see if audio-visual performers could react to audience tweets. 

By plugging into the twitter API with a customised twitter visualisation, Léon was able to merge live media with his audience’s tweets. 

The result was a new aesthetic in live cinema performance, a spontaneous collaboration between audience & artist.

 
 

This audience-led debate took place in the Mindfield area at the Electric Picnic Festival. The remit was to explore a futuristic form of debate.

Léon deployed a popup phone-based commentary system so that the MC, David McWilliams, could pose the audience’s comments to the panel on-stage. During the debates, he rendered a real-time visual backdrop in response to the emerging discussion. 

A feedback loop began to emerge whereby comments influenced the stage then reflect the backdrop to then change the course of the discussion.