From Attitude to the inevitable Tool: presentation material on Rethinking Gamification in Lüneburg, Leuphana Inkubator, Center For Digital Cultures. —May 2013
We just got published!
This January Adriana Valdez Young and I met in London to start our magazine betta. to investigate urban spaces one question at a time. We finished it right there and then but we got busy and needed someone else to post it to the world. Thank you and here it is.
We hosted three workshops and a publishing day in the Lasipalatsi gallery. During those days together with our amazing participants, we turned into a real agency—analyzing and transforming news, scripting futures and publishing them broadly.
Visit our fresh project site for more information and thought provocation, pictures, credits, and of course transformed news: http://www.newstransformationagency.org/
News Transformation Agency—a workshop concept by Ulu Braun & Christina Kral / YKON
Meanwhile I am working on the extended documentation of my show. Stay tuned..
Essays in Transition 1
Essays in Transition 2
What if we could experience daily news in a more personal way – and script a different future while doing so? The News Transformation Agency is a new project by artist group YKON, internationally known for their participatory projects dealing with utopian issues such as micronations and future scenario games. The project approaches the overwhelming aspect of global news as a potential platform for civic action – for local, emotional and transformative standpoints.
The project kicks of as an open workshop, at a temporary, pop-up news office at Lasipalatsi gallery. During the workshop, participants will work with YKON to filter and analyze breaking news, to transform them into ones with local relevance, remixing, visualizing and creating alternate realities. This unique and thought provoking experience will provide a completely new perspective to the world of the news. The news will be broadcast in public space at a live News Show during the Night of the Arts and specially tailored newsreels will appear on urban screens at Lasipalatsi Square and the Culture Tram.
Against forgetting – our little disclaimer
YKON is a Helsinki-based not-for-profit organization. Its membership consists of artists, designers, game developers and art historians who share a deep interest in current utopian thought and practice. Utopia is seen as a myriad of bottom-up processes and initiatives with a strong Do-It-Yourself (DIY) attitude. Since 2005 YKON has worked on themes such as micronations, social architecture, alternative economies, scenario developments, participatory processes, mapping and game design.
This May and June YKON was hosted by the new international residency program Permacultures run by London based arts organization SPACE.
A goal was to map current practical utopias related to London or the UK. For this occasion we developed a new game, called Utopian Bingo. During the public event that was dedicated to midsummer and practical Utopias we launched the game, exhibited some of our latest devices and got steamy in our tent sauna.
Thinking practically & utopian.
The participants of our London premier picked their brains for their top Utopian initiatives within the categories Architecture, Economy, Ecology, Education, Community and Technology
We prepared a range of supporting stations to help our players come up with the best utopian initiaitves. We had a phone joker, the internet station, an oracle, the dart device and a market place for open idea exchange.
The grid. Once the individual players had completed their set of cards, groups were formed and the initiatives were placed strategically onto the battle grid.
That didn’t go without thorough discussion
Celebrating with YKON – Midsummer in London 2012…
Some alternate impressions for the full 360º: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christinakral/sets/72157630213212030/
Bathing in memories and natural hot springs…
This April YKON was invited to come to Boulder, Colorado. We presented our Utopian activities at the University of Colorado and played the YKON Game at Communikey Festival.