Collective Action avatars, illustrated by Sara Fowler
Image courtesy of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist
To play Collective Action!, Northern Spark 2017’s festival-wide game, begin by creating a custom avatar at http://www.collectiveaction.info/
Collective Action! invites you to work together with other participants to perform creative, collective actions that respond to climate change issues. Start by using your phone to explore the Collective Action! mobile website, create a unique avatar, join a team, navigate to our physical game sites (located at multiple Northern Spark hubs), and prepare to perform! For every action you perform over the course of the night, you’ll earn a point for yourself and your team, which you can track on the website’s game leaderboard.
Each Collective Action! game site will activate the climate change theme for its given Northern Spark location, making each instance of Collective Action! a completely unique experience in performance and play. For example, at Collective Action! in the water-themed Little Mekong neighborhood, you might work together with the entire audience to perform a rainstorm, or with two or three other players to envision a futuristic water-filtration system.
Collective Action! draws inspiration from the expansive history of non-competitive group games ranging from the New Games Foundation to fluxus experiments and performances, and earth day activities. Explore: how can your actions as an individual have a larger impact when they are performed in collaboration with others?
To read an artist interview with Sara Fowler, Ben Moren and Tyler Stefanich, click here.
To play Collective Action!, begin by creating a custom avatar at http://www.collectiveaction.info/
Sara Fowler is a Colorado-raised, Minneapolis-based graphic designer and illustrator working primarily with artists and mission-driven companies and organizations. She has previously worked in-house for the Aspen Art Museum and the Walker Art Center, and earned a BFA from MCAD in Graphic Design.
Ben Moren is a Minneapolis based media artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, performance, and creative coding. His projects investigate the disappearing separation between the digital and natural worlds. He is an Assistant Professor at MCAD teaching in the Media Arts department and the Web+Multimedia Environments major.
Tyler Stefanich (b.1985, USA) is an artist and designer. His work, through installations and performances, uses software-based systems to explore issues related to history, memory and identity. Stefanich received a BFA in Interactive Media from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and earned an MFA from UCLA in Media Art. Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles, California, as manager of the UCLA Game Lab, a creative research center that combines art and technology.