Tap & Pay

What if coins were plinths, or dancing podiums?

Continuing my exploration of physical gesture as a method of payment transaction, this version of ‘Tap & Pay’ plays with the modern near-field contactless means of transferring money. In this instance, dance steps can magically make a monetary donation to a charitable cause. Starting with tiny maquettes, an old table top becomes a giant pound coin with the help of some gold spray paint, Photoshop and a very large printer:

Testing out the method and the technology, I was helped by fantastic tap-dancer and award-winning choreographer Laura Kriefman.┬áBy adding RFID tags to the soles of Laura’s tap shoes and concealing other technology inside the giant wooden coin, we set up the payment transfer system ‘Tap & Pay’ where dancers can donate through tapping their feet on the surface of this oversized pound:

(Close-up image courtesy of Benjie Croce)

As well as testing the process and the technology, Laura’s tap-dancing sequence was brilliantly captured for the showcase event, by cameraman Benjie Croce:

Incorporating creative angles and overhead filming:

And the final dramatic moment when Laura arrived back in the Studio through the pound coin portal, from another universe, and on Budget Day no less:

(Teleporting image courtesy of Victoria Tillotson)