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Impressions Gallery

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The Visitor by Invisible Flock

1 October to 30 October 2011, 11am to 4pm

Created especially for Bradford and the Ways of Looking festival by Invisible Flock, The Visitor is an interactive artwork that goes beyond the gallery walls and can be experienced directly through your own mobile phone.

Begin your game in the Studio at Impressions Gallery, where help is always on hand to get you or a small group off to a flying start on one of the four routes. Armed with your mobile phone and a sense of adventure, you will then travel to locations in the city centre revealing clues that take you from one place to the next. Routes vary in difficulty according to the puzzles they contain and take around one hour to complete. There is also a special route designed with families in mind that does not require the use of a mobile phone. If you want to pause for a coffee or spend a little longer at a festival venue on your route, you can simply stop and restart your journey as you wish.

The Visitor offers a choice of four routes taking in the city's relationship with film and photography; its hidden architectural gems, the former Bradford Odeon and a secret location never usually accessed by the public; plus a range of cherished spaces including Bradford Cathedral Gardens and the Midland Hotel, where the artists have prepared some entertaining surprises for visitors.

Route 1: The Visitor

Hunt for John Ruskin's 'lost daguerreotype' (an old photograph) believed to be located somewhere in Bradford. Players use a standard mobile phone and are guided through the route by a series of phone calls and texts messages, as well as using RFID technology (similar to an Oyster card) to trigger audio and video at a number of locations.

Route 2: The Monster
Help a talented surgeon create a monster to protect the city from a giant spider. Listen to the story and uncover a series of hidden installations and spooky nests to collect the objects you need to build the monster. Designed with families in mind and non mobile phone users.

Route 3: Words in Stone
Consider the architecture of the city and our relationship to it and draw comparisons between Bradford and Berlin. Players with a standard mobile phone can follow the audio only route, or those with an Android or iPhone 4 can utilise augmented reality software to bring animations to life at a number of locations.

Route 4: Look Again
This mysterious Victorian Gothic horror takes you on a quest through the backstreets of the city. Players use a standard mobile phone and are guided through the story by a series of phone calls and texts messages.

All routes are free to play and standard call and text rates apply. Spare phones are available on request from our Game Hub in the Studio. Drop in from 11am to 4pm, daily throughout the festival (except Mondays)

Find out more about the making of the game and the ideas behind the work at the free Artist Talk and Walk on Wednesday 19 October 2011 at 6.30pm, click here to find out more.

Developed and created by interactive artists Invisible Flock in partnership with Impressions Gallery.

Funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery and Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Supported by The Culture Company's Artimelt programme, The Midland Hotel, National Media Museum, Bradford Cathedral, Waterstones, Pop Up, Fabric, Theatre in the Mill, The University of Bradford.

Playing 'The Monster' journey  Hayley Sergeant

Playing 'The Monster' journey Hayley Sergeant