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Will Nash, Noisy Table, 2012. Photo by Brian Slater.

Noisy Table (2012)

Artist Will Nash describes Noisy Table as "an alter-table-tennis experience" that breaks down traditional barriers of art. He says: "People can feel intimidated when they are asked to join in by an artist, but they don't even think about that with table tennis. They just pick up the bat and start playing."

Alongside the artwork, a 'battle of the bands' ping pong tournament will run while the table is in situ. In association with Bido Lito! magazine, eight local bands will take part in customising the table and competing against each other.

Throughout the duration of the project, local makers, musicians and artists are invited to alter the soundscape created by play on the table at its very source. In several planned hackspaces, local bands, creative collectives, artists and technological makers will invited to play with the coding which controls the soundscape, patching in their own audio samples and encouraging the public to join in with their twist on Nash's work.

Liverpool artist Ross Dalziel will assist would-be hackers in accessing the software for Noisy Table, which can be patched with open-source software, making the possibilities for customisation endless: Illuminate the front window of the building as games are played, use the sounds as a trigger for other activity, or simply make the table sing your own song.

Noisy Table is supported by Dunlop Table Tennis and funded by Arts Council England.

Installation by Arciform