THE WAYFINDERS

Producer: Jessica Wilson
Writer: Your local children
Directed By: Jessica Wilson

This place is enchanted, but this time, it’s not about fairies!

Synopsis

This small piece of landscape is alive, but only Wayfinders can hear its secret conversations.

In this slow-time sound experience, children aged 4-7 wander a tract of landscape wearing headphones and a customised backpack. Listening to voices in invisible sound zones, they form new relationships with the non-human things and piece together an unusual story.

Trees, stones, pathways and even the sky have something to say and the expert Wayfinders, codify these characters in a special notepad passing their images to their adult as they wander. 

The Wayfinders is created with the voices of local 8 – 12 year old participants in collaboration with artist Jessica Wilson and sound designer Justin Marshall. It uses a simple beacon system mapped to each site and features five architectural perimeter doorways.

Hailed as a beautiful new experience for young children, it preferences children’s perspectives on place, giving them agency to see places on their own terms.

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 2
Bump-in Time: one day hrs
Bump-out Time: 3 hours hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

no lighting required

Audio

We provide beacon triggering system, and 10 x headphones each with individual beacon.

Staging

The Wayfinders can be set in any outdoor location of minimum 20 x 20m.

Crew Notes

One additional mech required for bump in (3 hours) and bump out (1 hour) of the architectural doorways. These need to be stowed in a secure weather proof location after the performance each evening and our crew will require lifting assistance for 20 minutes to stow and 20 minutes to reset the following day.

Transport Notes

We require a 1 tonne of minimum 3m length to transport the architectural doorways that pack down to 10 slim panels.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Children between the ages of 4 and 7 years of age and their adults.

The Wayfinders is a beautiful and unusual experience which gives children agency to roam and explore on their own terms. It is a cross-generational work where older children create content for the younger audience. Children experience a magical animation of landscape giving places local to them a magical quality.

Selling Points

  • Experience nature in a new way / Nature comes alive with voices
  • Open form where children roam on their own terms in their own time
  • Intergenerational. The content is made by older children for younger children.
  • Made by a team of internationally recognised artists who are very experienced in making work for this age group.

Community Engagement

  • One-on-one workshops with children 7-12 years of age where they are given instructions via phone to create voices for non-human things in their local environment.

Details

Contact

Jessica

Wilson

0403624231

Audience

Venue Format

outdoor space

Duration

20 minute sessions with 10 children in each session with no break between Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/09/2024

30/11/2026

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $0

Weekly Sell Off: $12,500

Per Performance: $7,500

Apra Obligations: none

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