Installation Inspiration

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This is a list of attendee contributed ideas for things they'd love to see at EMF. Feel free to use it for inspiration for your own installations, but no need to take it too literally! While it would be brilliant to see some of the things on this list at EMF, it would also be amazing to see things tangentially inspired by these ideas.

Feel free to add to it, but please keep it clean and family friendly!

You can find guidance about building & bringing installations to EMF on our main website.


  1. Flags & banners
  2. Impractical communication systems
  3. Tubes you can shout down
  4. Things that play with perception of scale
  5. Really big magic tricks
  6. Retro computer games, but with real people
  7. Water installations that people can cool down in
  8. A model of the ISS
  9. Things that are both meals and tech demos
  10. Use shadows in an interesting way
  11. Remote controlled people
  12. Inappropriate input methods
  13. Rave in a box (Eastnor '88)
    1. On wheels
  14. Large cardboard structures built over the weekend
  15. Robot ducks
  16. Games which are also shelters. Tents that know how to have fun
  17. A model of the universe
  18. A sound installation that detects things happening around it and converts them into a tiny FM transmission
  19. New (fun) ways to connect cyberspace to real space and vice-versa
  20. Adventure playgrounds for the imagination
  21. Swings
  22. Domes
  23. Distributed works, spread out over the site
  24. Treasure hunts
  25. Mobile things that people can drag about/take with them that entertain them
  26. Autonomous tent-avoiding bots
  27. Autonomous tent-seeking bots
  28. Think that’s a lot of LEDs? Use more LEDs
  29. Ways to get strangers playing together
  30. Things made from things that would otherwise be discarded
  31. Sculpture kits, preferably large
  32. Music-judging machines
  33. Smoke signals
  34. Ways to see through the planet
  35. Ways to make the sky more interesting
  36. Things that are full of helium, and can fly
  37. Encourage exploration of the camp
  38. Build on top of the infrastructure
  39. Erasing the boundary between creator and spectator
  40. More wearable (light-up, responsive) art
  41. Making big things from small stuff
  42. Art that reproduces
  43. Random acts of kindness
  44. Things that (mostly) stay underwater, and emerge every now and again
  45. Does that monolith do something? OH WOW THAT MONOLITH DOES AN AMAZING THING
  46. Things that can be assembled into an even more marvellous thing
  47. Musical instruments
    1. That non-musicians can get a nice sound out of
    2. That can be played by a group of people
  48. Things that live in the woods. No woods? Make the woods!
  49. Weird things that broadcast radio frequency noises. Like numbers stations, but tiny and more strange
  50. Location-based things. We have plenty of space for things to move about in
  51. Things that exploit the sky
  52. Augmented reality, but without having to stare at a screen
  53. Things that only make sense from the air / a satellite
  54. A machine that generates love letters
  55. AI-driven model rowing boats, for the lake
  56. Shipwrecks
  57. Make your thing into a playground for other things - open APIs, MIDI/OSC interfaces, input & output jacks
  58. Exploiting the topography
  59. Respect the turf
  60. Things that take care of tidying themselves up when we all go home
  61. Miniature Sealand
  62. Make our social connections tangible
  63. What would Nemo do ? Choice of Nemo is up to the artist
  64. Scavenger hunt / social service
  65. Let’s have a look at the electromagnetic spectrum
  66. A talk that is also a sculpture
  67. A sculpture that is also a snack
  68. Exploit network effects for increased cheer
  69. The longer you play with it, the better it gets
  70. A work that distributes itself
  71. Help people to be kind
  72. It prints things and you can take them home
  73. Make DNS tangible
  74. Blurring the line between clothing and cutlery
  75. Make it easy for strangers to join in
  76. A thing that indexes many other things
  77. Ways for people to not be lost
  78. Partial, temporary views of our future
  79. Prophecies made flesh (or, more conveniently, made robot)
  80. Ways of conveying laughter
  81. Very big EMF logos. Preferably self-propelled
  82. Things that make sense only very gradually
  83. Things that help people to be good citizens
  84. Things that are reasonably likely to fail (but will be amazing if they work)
  85. Ways to shed light on things
  86. Parade of giant squids
  87. Imaginary maps
  88. Tiny art cars
  89. Things with effects spread out in space or time or both
  90. Shoals of robot fish (land, sea or air)
  91. Crazy golf
    1. Really weird golf
    2. Not even really golf at this point
  92. Tiny gardens
  93. Hidden things
    1. Containing games
  94. Things that will inspire cheerfulness
  95. In a dome
  96. Things that do something useful, but only as a side effect (Bonus points if it takes all weekend to work out what the side effect was)
  97. Anything involving nuclear fission
  98. Anything involving nuclear fusion (get in touch first if this involves anything other than inertial electrostatic confinement)
  99. Bridges. Literal and metaphorical
  100. Things that don’t work unless several people work them
  101. Bubbles
  102. Scrapheap Challenge