Collective Action! Is Northern Spark 2017’s festival-wide game that 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.
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?
Originally presented at Northern Spark 2017 with the support of Northern Lights.mn and The McKnight Foundation.
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Sara Fowler is a Colorado-raised, Minneapolis-based human specializing in graphic design and illustration. She previously worked in-house for the Aspen Art Museum and the Walker Art Center, and is an MCAD graduate (BFA '12). She was recently honored to receive Print Magazine's 2015 Regional Design Annual award, Best in Far West for exhibition catalogue design.
Ben Moren is a Minneapolis based media artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, performance, and creative coding. He is an Assistant Professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design teaching in the Media Arts department and the Web+Multimedia Environments major.
Tyler Stefanich uses installations, performances, and software-based systems to explore issues related to history, memory and identity. 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.

Please contact us for any media, technical or general inguires about Collective Action! at hello@collectiveaction.info

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Collective Action! invites you to work together with other participants to perform creative, collective actions responding 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. At the Collective Action! site in the water-themed location Little Mekong, 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?

 

The Team

Ben Moren is a Minneapolis based media artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, performance, and creative coding. He is an Assistant Professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design teaching in the Media Arts department and the Web+Multimedia Environments major.

Tyler Stefanich uses installations, performances, and software-based systems to explore issues related to history, memory and identity. 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.

Sara Fowler is a Colorado-raised, Minneapolis-based human specializing in graphic design and illustration. She previously worked in-house for the Aspen Art Museum and the Walker Art Center, and is an MCAD graduate (BFA '12). She was recently honored to receive Print Magazine's 2015 Regional Design Annual award, Best in Far West for exhibition catalogue design.

Project Contributors

Morgan Erickson-Davis
John Kim

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Credits

McKnight Foundation
Northern Lights.mn
Northern Spark
MCAD
Macalester College
UCLA Game Lab

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Welcome to Collection Action! Follow the steps bellow to get started:

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How to start!

  1. In this game, we invite you to collaborate with other festival-goers to perform creative, collective actions that respond to climate change issues.
  2. Use our map to navigate to the physical Collective Action! game sites located throughout the festival. Once you've reached a game, visit this mobile website, and check in to play!
  3. On your turn, your phone will prompt you to perform an action in the play area with other festival-goers! Be creative and work together-you might be asked to perform a rainstorm, or imagine a futurstic water-filtration system!
  4. Earm a point for you and your team each time you perform an action. Check the online scorboard to see how the points stack up.
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