December 3, 2016
YKON IN NEW YORK

YKON currenlty explores new collaborations with Culture Push, a New York based art organisation.

November 9, 2016
PLAYHOUSE @ BALTIC CIRCLE 2016




As part of the program "Finland – developing country of social relations" YKON invites to PLAY HOUSE: A flat filled with dozens of people, drinks, food, music… and then what? YKON encourages guests to play and experiment with the conventions of social interaction. This evening will show whether simple, low-tech game mechanics can radically alter how people relate to each other. Welcome to the suspension, deconstruction and general messing around and reconfiguration with social interactions. Welcome to a collective journey to something else than party as usual. Welcome to Play House! This four-hour event took place in a secret location. Guests received further instructions via sms.

May 11, 2016
THE DINNER GAMES @ HARAKKA ISLAND, HELSINKI




THE DINNER GAMES is a 2 day workshop playing with the social format of the dinner and developing new interactions around it. During the two-day, hands-on workshop participants will develop a dinner format from scratch. We create a menu, revisit and modify established notions of behaviors, develop new social rules, and redesign our table hardware. The project starts at the dinner table, but it's wider aim is to look at tools and tricks to transform every day activities.

The elements developed during the workshop will be tested in a closing dinner event on the evening of the 2nd day. External guests will be invited to enjoy a menu of different courses and interactions.

The workshop is part of the professional development workshops for artists delivered by m-cult in context of the transnational Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme and the Vastaanotto/Reception Triennale of community arts.

Schedule
Saturday, May 21, 12-19 (workshop)
Sunday, May 22, 11-17 (workshop) + 17-20.30 (dinner)

How to participate? 
check for more info from here.

February 27, 2016

BRIONI SUMMIT DOCUMENTATION

Check out the latest documentation of the Brioni Summit of Practical Utopias. Spoiler Alert: You will feel sorry about yourself if you didn't attend. Let us know if you want to join the next Summit.

February 26, 2016
YKON DINNER GAME AT PERFORMING ENCOUNTERS, BERLIN




We are happy to launch our new open source project YKON DINNER GAME. The event is part of Performing Encounters -series, curated by Yvonne Reiners, and it takes place April 13, 2016 at 7pm, at Haus Am Lützowplatz, Berlin.

The YKON DINNER is a game, designed by YKON, that alters interactions at the dinner table. By using a dinner structure of multiple courses, YKON facilitates the interaction between guests. Rules, scripts and designed hardware will encourage the conversations to go into new directions. > You could imagine the YKON DINNER as a combination of a dinner party with friends whom you haven’t met but always wanted to meet, a candy box of tools that you can take home with you and a series of close encounters with your possible futures. 

If you like to join us in Berlin, please RSVP to hello(at)performingencounters.de

More info
Performing Encounters Website


February 25, 2016
FUTURE OF SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION -SEMINAR IN MADRID




YKON is facilitating an international seminar about Future of Scholarly Communications, organised by Force11. The workshop brings thought leaders and new voices across disciplines and countries, in an inspiring environment and lively format to rethink scholarly communication from scratch.

More info
The Madrid Workshop - Defining the Scholarly Commons 


September 25, 2016
BLACK MOUNTAIN – EDUCATIONAL TURN AND THE AVANTGARDE




YKON took part in a symposium looking into educational aspects of the the Black Mountain College (1933-1957) that "developed an unprecedented prominent genealogy of artists, scientists, and intellectuals in the neo-avant-garde of the 20th century. As an educational art institution, it established performative practices of interdisciplinary learning and researching, which included at least two crucial factors: collaboration and experimentation. This unique complicity of an educational turn and the emergence of an avant-garde is of crucial interest in today’s debates on issues of education and pedagogy in art, science, and academia under precarious economic circumstances."

More info
Black Mountain – Educational Turn and the Avantgarde


January 25, 2015
PLAY AS A COMMONS: PRACTICAL UTOPIAS AND P2P FUTURES
YKON at TRANSMEDIALE 2015


There is more to games than the use of game mechanics and reward systems. If gamification is a capture all strategy which facilitates the datafication and commodification of everything, this does not mean that we are condemned to some sort of ludic decadence. It all depends on whom the game-like elements come to serve; while game-based data aggregation might be raising issues of concern, at the same time a new form of what we can call ‘play commons’ is strenghtenened, which relies on the abundance and sociability of play itself.

With the participation of artists who have been using play as a form for their artistic practice, the panel will look into how shared visions or P2P practices can be used to construct playful yet possible scenarios for social and urban spaces. Embracing collective thought and action, the speakers will present how future scenarios and solutions can be collaboratively imagined, built and played. The new politics of play highlight that we need to find ways to start from users’ and citizens’ desires to respond to the urge for a participatory user and citizen-driven world. Participants: Mark Butler, Christina Kral (YKON) Ruth Catlow

More info
Transmediale Program Stream PLAY



November 7, 2014
ATHENS CONFERENCE FOR UTOPIAN TECHNOLOGIES, ETC (ACUTE)



YKON, together with curator Angela Jerardi (US/NL), hosted the Athens Conference for Utopian Technologies Etc. (ACUTE), an intimate 3-day conference in the center of Athens. The Conference took place as part of New Babylon Revisited (LINK:http://newbabylonrevisited.net/). We invited participants to view and use Athens in novel and absurd ways. Game mechanics provided the methodology for engaging with the city and its existing sites and cultural infrastructure.

What happens when gamification is subverted and urban elements are repurposed, when disorientation and the unexpected are embraced.

Time and Date

November 7-11, 201, Circuit & Currents project space

More info
http://newbabylonrevisited.net/acute
https://athensconference.wordpress.com



August 25, 2014
THE BRIONI REMIXES

One year ago YKON organized the summit of Practical Utopias on Brioni (Tito's former summer residency island) in Croatia. Fifty visionaries spent four days exchanging their insight and ideas. The game-like tools to facilitate interaction between the participants were made by YKON.

THE BRIONI REMIXES are now YKON´s attempt to revisit and remix the remnants of this bizarre trip to a magical island. We gathered the participants' secret notebooks, audio recordings, conversations, and enlightened moments. THE BRIONI REMIXES is a party that celebrates these utopian meanderings in the practical world and share them with you.

Special sonic support by Richard Thomas (UK), who documented the event in sound.

The Summit of Practical Utopias was a 10 year anniversary from The Summit of Micronations, which took place in Helsinki - produced by Artist Association MUU´s Amorph!03 -festival.

Time and Date

August 25, 2014 6-8pm, MUU Gallery

More info
http://cargocollective.com/brionisummit/The-Brioni-Remixes
http://www.muu.fi/



Februray 28, 2014
Game Theory at the Invisible Hand

YKON takes part to the The 2nd CAFAM Biennale titled "The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture". The Biennale has 5 sections, each with an own curatorial concept. YKON is involved in the section with the nicely obscure title "Game Theory: Which Animals Are Most Like Each Other?" Curated by Angela Jerardi. Together with fellow Utopians Constant Niewenhuys/New Babylon, Experimental Jetset, Provo, Temporary Services and The Yes Men. More info on the Biennale here.



September 25-28, 2013
Brioni Summit of Practical Utopias

The summit is finally under its way. Great people gather at the Brioni island. There is a great sense of optimism. Each of the participants to the summit keep a personal log-book, which will be later published. http://cargocollective.com/brionisummit



August 28, 2013
Brioni Summit is soon here!!

In less then a 4 weeks the Summit of Practical Utopias will take place on Brioni. Check for details http://cargocollective.com/brionisummit



June 1, 2013
Brioni Test Game Berlin

After a first test-game in Helsinki we will try new elements of the game we currently develop for the Brion summit. Testers are welcome, Theaterhaus Mitte in Berlin, from 3 to 7 pm.



May 30, 2013
Summit of Practical Utopias has been launched



The Summit of Practical Utopias has been announced. The website is online from now on: http://cargocollective.com/brionisummit



October 25-28, 2012
Mine - Yours - Ours in Rijeka / Croatia



For the beloved Mine-Yours-Ours Festival in Rijeka YKON organized 3 different games; Utopian Bingo for locals, a "classic" YKON game for kids (while parents where playing BINGO) and one game for 20 performing arts organizers that were invading Rijeka before heading to a conference in Zagreb.



August 21-27, 2012
News Transformation Agency



YKON is involved in a new project that tries to translate global news into local news in order to make them more comprehensible. It is called appropriately News Transformation Agency. For more information visit the project website...



June 17, 2012
Midsummer with YKON - Saturday June 23 in Hackney Wick



Electra and SPACE present a great Midsummer event with YKON. We will play a new version of the YKON game called Utopian Bingo (working title), there will be an exhibition of works by YKON, by Ulu Braun and by Tellervo Kalleinen/Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. The evening will continue with a tent-sauna, BBQ and a late night outdoor cinema, right at the canal at the White Building in Hackney Wick.

For further information click here.



May 7, 2012
YKON to take part to SPACE program in London

YKON will spent May until July in London in various constellations. YKON will be hosted by the new international residency program Permacultures run by London based arts organisation SPACE.

A goal is to map current practical utopias related to London or the UK. YKON will also develop a new dedicated website for the groups gaming activities.



April, 2012
Games at Communikey Festival in Boulder/Colorado



YKON joined a great rooster of artists at the communikey festival in Boulder / Colorado. As the name of the festival suggests, it is a very relaxed, community oriented festival, with volunteers cooking for festival participants, laid back afternoon sessions and excessive dancing nights. The rather optimisitc theme for the 2012 edition of the festival was MicroTopias. It suggested to artists and festival attendees that we can create the world(s) that we want to live in.

As the organizers put it: "MicroTopias can range from an instantaneous magic moment between individuals, to an orchestrated collaboration between hundreds. Whether temporary or long-term, consciously created or spontaneous, these are the spaces that emancipate us from our self-imposed limitations. Not out of the ordinary, but definitely extraordinary, MicroTopias are not one universal utopia, but rather small pockets of possible futures, built from creativity, play and chaos. They are about giving ourselves the permission to create a multiplicity of topias that actualize an infinitude of possibility for dreams and dreamers to flourish."

In this context the YKON game provided a good tool to discuss a wide range of future scenarios. In one fairly sophisticated scenario time was re-designed and modified into so called "fuzzy time". For the game the very positive mindset of the festival had a slight negative side-effect since nobody wanted to play the villain that would have challenged the altruistic mood.

We also gave a talk at the University of Colorade Arts Department on particpatory art practices (and the inherent pitfalls).

After the festival we made a short pilgrimage to the small town of EMPIRE in the Rocky Mountains. Btw. the local school (pictured above) is on sale. We also visite the school in South Park, which is going to be demolished.

For further information visit the communikey festival website.



February 3, 2012
Formen der Beteiligung - YKON Game @ Shedhalle / Zurich
Gemeinsames Spiel zur Finissage am Sonntag, 15. April, 15-18 Uhr

Macht mit bei diesem dynamischen, performativen, modularen, experimentellen, optimistischen, edukativen und utopischen Gemeinschaftsspiel! Basierend auf Buckminster Fullers «World Game» nimmt YKON die SpielerInnen in Zürich auf eine bizarre Reise, in der die Welt unwiderruflich und radikal verändert wird.

“Das Spiel basiert auf einem simplen Gedankenexperiment: Stellt euch vor, die Welt kommt zu einem kompletten Stillstand. Alles stoppt. Kein Business as usual mehr. Mit dieser eingefrorenen Welt kannst du und deine KollegInnen herumbasteln wie du willst. Was willst du ändern? Wie überzeugst du die anderen, deinen Änderungsvorschlägen zu folgen? Und wie steht es mit den Konsequenzen? Für die Mitspieler bedeutet dieses Spiel eine existentieller Herausforderung: Sie müssen darüber nachdenken, welche Welt sie wirklich wollen.“ (YKON)

Wo wurde das YKON Game schon gespielt? In Wien, London, Boulder, Split, Porto Alegre, Paris, Tallin, Athen, Berlin, Weimar, Rijeka, Reykjavik, Helsinki und jetzt endlich in Zuerich!

ORT
Verein Shedhalle
Rote Fabrik, Seestrasse 395

Anmeldungen und Fragen an Michaela unter <englert@shedhalle.ch
www.shedhalle.ch



March 19, 2012
YKON at Splitinteraction - International Interaction Design Week



In the context of the Interaction Design Workshop (Department of Visual Communications Design (DVK) Arts Academy, University of Split) YKON hosted a 1 week development event for participants across various disciplines to critically reflect upon, adapt and expand on Buckminster Fullers World Game and it's contemporary predecessor - the YKON Game.

After a series of micro-games particpants developed a game called Brain-Blender and a note-book with a handy focus shifting tool-kit. It consisted of simple stenciled cards that focussed the attention; for example to poor design, or dog-poo.



January 19, 2012
YKON plays Baltic Games at Brut / Vienna

YKON invites people from Vienna join the YKON GAME, a beautifully bizarre journey & collective attempt to alter the World. Instead of solving the common problems that we are facing, The YKON GAME seeks to uncover the ideas that we haven’t payed attention to yet – ideas that are sometimes wonderful & sometimes terrifying. Other thoughts that could forever alter the world & the way we live in it.

The YKON GAME is based on a simple thought experiment: Imagine that the world is brought to a complete halt. Everything stops. No more business as usual. Everyone has to consider a new way for things to be. With the world being frozen, you &your fellow players can tinker with the world as you please. What will you change? How do you convince others to go along with your changes? And what about the consequences?

Through the 1960’s architect &utopian thinker, Buckminster Fuller developed the “World Game”. It was his master plan for our planet Earth. A tool that would formulate a comprehensive design & science approach to all the problems of the world. Inspired by Fuller’s vision we have taken its core ideas & developed a contemporary, poetic & YKONic version to provide a new perspective on the future of our world.


YKON GAME

Ort: Kunstlerhaus Brut
During "Baltic Games"
Datum: THU 19.01 & SAT 21.01. 2012.

Start: 19.00-22.00
Eintritt: 6 €

"Bring your friends, your colleagues, your aunt... you do not need to be an expert: Everybody is welcome to change the world"

Info+Tickets: http://www.brut-wien.at/programm/detail/675/de/



December 5, 2011
It's the psychoeconomy, stupid!



YKON participated in the 2011 Psychoeconomy Summit in Sevilla in December. Together with 5 other delegates the current status of our psychoeconomy was discussed. The three-day gathering resulted in a fresh declaration for our immediate future – valid as of now.

You can download the declaration here.



September 12, 2011
YKON takes part in Mercosul Bienial - Geopoetica, Porto Alegre

Within the framework of the 8th Mercosul Biennale dedicated to the topic of "Geopoetics", YKON presents two pieces, the "YKON game" and a new work "The Flag Piece" commissioned by the Biennale.

For "The Flag Piece" all the 204 Flags of UN-recognized countries where cut into their single color elements and symbols (Stars, Moons, Eagles..). In collaboration with a local seamstress cooperative the elements were re-united into a giant single transnational flag (915 cm x 480 cm). The flag is accompanied by a selection of international flag laws and stories about flag desecration.

YKON game was developed 2009 - inspired by Buckminster Fuller´s World Game. YKON GAME – also nominated for the DMY Berlin Design Festival prize 2011– is a beautifully bizarre journey and collective attempt to alter the World. Instead of solving the common problems that we are facing, The YKON GAME seeks to uncover the ideas that we haven’t payed attention to yet – ideas that are sometimes wonderful and sometimes terrifying – other thoughts that could forever alter the world and the way we live in it. YKON developed for the Mercosul Biennale a new version of the YKON-game. The game will be played daily throughout the biennale in a special constructed geodesic dome.

About the Mercosul Bienal

Entitled Essays on Geopoetics, the 8th edition is concerned with territoriality and its critical redefinition from an art standpoint. It will bring together 105 artists from 31 countries that develop relevant works regarding the notions of country, nation, identity.

The exhibition has 7 parts, the main exhibition is held under the title Geopoetics, presenting works and artists that question the notion of nationality.
Another part of the biennial, entitled Travel Notebooks – features artistic expeditions to nine regions of Rio Grande do Sul between April and August.

The 8ª Mercosul Biennial will be open from September 10th to November 15th 2011.

http://www.bienalmercosul.art.br



June 30, 2011
YKON at 37 Manifestos in Berlin



37 MANIFESTOS - How to become collective in four easy lessons.

10. bis 21. Juli 2011, Eröffnung 9. Juli 2011
Forum Factory, Besselstraße 13-14, Berlin

Artists Anonymous, Berg26, Club Real, Edition Taube, FAMED, Familie Kartenrecht, Klub7+44flavours=MAUER51, ligna, Nos Restes, REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, Transidency, VIP, YKON, Zentrum für politische Schönheit.

Kuratiert von random relevance (Susanne Husse, Jana Sotzko und Komplizen)

Das Kollektiv ist zurück. Geteiltes Wissen, gemeinsames Handeln, vernetztes Arbeiten, Selbstorganisation und Kollaboration haben Einzug in Kunst, Kultur, Wirtschaft und Politik gehalten. Durch die weltweite Gründungswelle künstlerischer und kreativer Kollektive seit Mitte der 90er Jahre erfahren kollektive Arbeits- und Lebensformen wachsende Bedeutung. Während Strategien der Kollaboration neue künstlerische Wirkungsfelder in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft eröffnen, lassen sich aktuelle Kollektivierungstendenzen auch als möglicher Gegenentwurf zu den gesellschaftlichen Mustern von Vereinzelung, Prekarität und Konkurrenz lesen.

Die Ausstellung 37 MANIFESTOS fragt nach gegenwärtigen Formen und Bedeutungen von Kollektivität in der Kunst. Die Vorstellung von gemeinschaftlicher Produktion als Prozess zwischen utopischem Handeln und ökonomischer Notwendigkeit dient als Ausgangspunkt für vier miteinander verknüpfte Annäherungen – einfache Lektionen in Kollektivität:

1 have an idea
2 invite others - share
3 form, storm, norm and perform
4 document - write a manifesto

June 1, 2011
YKON at DMY festival in Berlin

The YKON GAME will be presented at this years DMY International Design Festival in Berlin and is nominated for the DMY Award: "Das YKON Künstler-Kollektiv hat ein Spiel für ca. 30 – 50 Teilnehmer entworfen, das darauf abzielt, globale Ideen zu entwickeln, die verborgen geblieben sind: mal wunderbare, mal erschreckende Gedanken, die das Leben für immer verändern könnten."

Open Helsinki: YKON Game Intro & YKON Game
YKON artist collective has created a world simulation game for up to 30 -50 players. Day 1 and 2. Every hour, you can enter the world, the attic of make–believe, trough fragments, small teasers, of the YKON Game. The full version of the YKON game will be played on the third day of DMY Festival, in a hitherto unknown location. Instead of solving existing problems, the game seeks to uncover ideas that we’re still missing – sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter the world.

YKON Intro Thursday & Friday 11:00-21:00 No registration needed

YKON Game Saturday 13:00 – 18:00 –> Showroom 2

Registration for the game: workshop@dmy-berlin.com before 3.6. max. 30 participants


December 6, 2010
YKON in Brasil

YKON prepares a new meeting of micronations in Brasil at an yet undisclosed location. Updates will follow soon.


June 12, 2010
YKON Game in Paris at Mal Au Pixel

We invite you to play a game with us on the 20th june at Eof Galery from 14h to 19h.

The YKON Game is a world simulation game for up to 30 players. It's based on a simple thought experiment: imagine that the world is brought to a complete halt. Everything stops. No more business as usual. With the world frozen, you and your fellow players can tinker with it as you please. What will you change? How do you convince others to go along with your changes? And what about the consequences?

Through the 1960's, Buckminster Fuller was developing the "World Game". It was to be his masterplan for the planet Earth: a tool that would formulate a comprehensive, design science approach to all the problems of the world. Inspired by the ideas of Fuller, we have developed the YKON Game, a more poetic perspective on the future of our world.

Instead solving the problems that we know, The YKON Game seeks to uncover the ideas that we're still missing -- sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter the world, and the way we live in it. For its players, the game poses an existential challenge: they will have to think about what kind of world they truly want.

So come and change the world. You don't need to be an expert: everyone is welcome.

For more details check the YKON GAME F.A.Q.

Date and location
Sunday June 20th 2010, from 2 to 7pm

@ EOF GALLERY
15 rue Saint Fiacre - Paris 2
M° Grands Boulevards
http://eof5.free.fr/

Registration
Free entrance on registration, contact : info@ykon.org
The game is run in English and French. It will be played from 2 to 7, then a debriefing and friendly food & drinks break before the Mal au Pixel opening event. The proposed scenarios will be documented and added to the Ykon Game corpus (already 9 parties so far).

We are seeking for different kind of participants: gamers, teenagers, artists, social transformation thinkers and activists, or people curious about it…


April 22, 2010
The 2013 Brioni Summit of Micronations and Utopian Thinkers – Preview

Monday 3rd of May, 6 pm @ Dubrovnik (Eerikinkatu 11)

GUESTS
Davor Miskovic (Drugo More - The Other Sea, Rijeka)
Lina Dzuverovic (Electra, London)
Irene Revell (Electra, London)

SPECIAL GUEST
Georg Zoche (Transnational Republic)

YKON welcomes you to an evening introducing the preliminary plans for the Summit of Micronations and Utopian thinkers, which will take place at Brioni Islands (Croatia) in 2013. The evening includes presentations of the co-organisers of the Summit: Drugo More and Electra.

Special guest Georg Zoche - co-founder of Transnational Republic - will present his latest book "WORLD-POWER-MONEY" tackling the systemic relationship between currencies, political power, war and crisis. Zoche furthermore offers a perspective on the question: What could replace the US-dollar after its apparent decline as world key currency?


DRUGO MORE - THE OTHER SEA
Drugo more is a non profit organisation based in Rijeka, Croatia. Founded in 1999, Drugo More integrates art, culture, theory and policy actions in the local context of the Adriatic region. The organization develops alternative visions and models for the cultural development of the region.

Davor Miskovic is the president of Drugo more, part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka and president of the Clubture Network. He worked at the Faculty of Science and Croatian Ministry of Culture. He curated and organized numerous cultural events, conferences and educational programs

www.drugo-more.hr


ELECTRA
Electra is a London based contemporary art agency established in 2003, which specializes in curating, commissioning and producing ambitious cross-disciplinary projects. Electra curated Momentum 2009, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art 'Favoured Nations' and commissioned numerous works, for example Reverse Karaoke, a project by Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether.

Lina Dzuverovic is the co-founder and Director of Electra. Formerly Lina was New Media Curator at London's ICA; prior to this she worked for The Wire magazine, Mute magazine and The Lux Centre.

Irene Revell works as curator and producer at Electra. Previously she worked and volunteered for small music charities Share Music and COMA (Contemporary Music-Making for Amateurs), and has a background in the DIY music scene, promoting gigs and festivals such as the Bring Yourself Fest.

www.electra-productions.com


TRANSNATIONAL REPUBLIC
The Transnational Republic is a political grassroots experiment to establish a democratic system of citizen representation within globalization. It was founded in 1996. Transnational Republic took part as delegates to the First Summit of Micronations in Helsinki 2003.

Georg Zoche is co-founder of the First Transnational Republic. Within this project his attention was brought to the question of currencies: What is the political role of currencies within globalisation? In which way do nation states use their currencies as political tools to exercise power? The astonishing findings to the questions mentioned above were published in book form in 2009 as "Welt-Macht-Geld". (World-Power-Money)

Exciting, entertaining and knowledgeable this book deals about the power of money. Zoche is reporting unheard-of facts and wouldn't his book be loaded with some 300 references to supporting documents, one would be tempted to take it for a fantastic fairy tale:
* 1944, during the Bretton Woods conference, the US clandestinely changed the wording of the conference documents, thus rendering the US-dollar world key currency and the US world super power. When Great Britain called foul and protested against this fraud, it was coerced by the USA under enormous pressure to the ratification of the agreement.
* During the past six decades, the USA took advantage of the privileged role of their currency, financing their political interests e.g. the wars in Vietnam and Iraq by externalising their costs on the rest of the world.
* To finance the war in Iraq, the Federal Reserve deliberately chose the hazardous gamble of fueling a housing boom thereby pushing the world into the biggest financial crisis of all times.

But Zoche not only explains the coherence between war and crisis, illuminating where and how the money disappeared. His book also offers a perspective on the question that is now coming to the forefront: What could replace the US-dollar after its apparent decline as world key currency? Reading about the British plan which was defeated in 1944, even die-hard economists will be flabbergasted: Keynes had envisioned a world economy free of interest, with a new global currency based on barter (instead of credit), thereby maintaining the equilibrium between the nation states.

www.transnationalrepublic.org
www.weltmachtgeld.de


December 14, 2009
YKON-GAME played for the first time in Iceland

We invite you to play a game with us on Saturday, December 19 at Hafnarhusid from 12:00 to 17:00.

The YKON Game is a world simulation game for up to 30 players. It's based on a simple thought experiment: imagine that the world is brought to a complete halt. Everything stops. No more business as usual. With the world frozen, you and your fellow players can tinker with it as you please. What will you change? How do you convince others to go along with your changes? And what about the consequences?

Through the 1960's, Buckminster Fuller was developing the "World Game". It was to be his masterplan for the planet Earth: a tool that would formulate a comprehensive, design science approach to all the problems of the world. Inspired by the ideas of Fuller, we have developed the YKON Game, a more poetic perspective on the future of our world.

Instead solving the problems that we know, The YKON Game seeks to uncover the ideas that we're still missing -- sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter the world, and the way we live in it. For its players, the game poses an existential challenge: they will have to think about what kind of world they truly want.

So come and change the world. You don't need to be an expert: everyone is welcome.

For more details check the YKON GAME F.A.Q.

Time
SATURDAY, December 19
12:00 – 17:00

Location
Hafnarhusid
Tryggvagat 17
Reykjavik

Contact/Info/RSVP
info@ykon.org


December 8, 2009
YKON in Iceland

Four members of YKON have arrived to Iceland to spent some time in Reykjavik at the SIM artist residency. For YKON the current situation in Iceland is of special interest; the group will facilitate a new version of the YKON game hoping to generate amazing ideas for desperate times.

i f you want to get to know YKON, the groups members and some of their solo projects, please join us to a relaxed get together:

Welcome to the YKON Dart Evening at CIA and SIM headquarters
with Ulu Braun, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Pekko Koskinen
and Tomas Träskman


INTERACTIVE, ENTERTAINING, DEEP

Overwhelming variety of programs! Throw your darts to choose!

++ Westcoast - panoramic video collage of a mystic collapsing water world (anime)
++ Complaints Choirs Worldwide - see the latest efforts of complainers from around the globe (vids)
++ Reality Gaming - play with real life! (live)
++ I Love My Job - horror stories from the wonderful world of work (vids)
++ Hot Potatoes (the forbidden fruit of the 21st century) - a brief report from the Helsinki Design week (live)
++ Dreamland - Dreams (or Nightmares) of Finnish people in which their President makes an appearance (vids)
++ Santa Clause is Stupid - Finnish Kids complain (ids)
++ Question-Answer-Question session (live)
++ Summit of Micronations - brief intro the the Helsinki Summit 2003 and the future Summit in 2013 at Brioni (spoken word)
++ Ykon Game - a short Introduction to the game's development
++ YKON members family pictures (slide-show)
++ free beer (until resources are exhausted) (live)
++ and much more…

Friday December 11, start 19:30, open end
SIM/CIA
Hafnarstræti 16


October 1, 2009
YKON - game MINE-YOURS-OURS Festival in Rijeka / Croatia

The YKON Game is a world simulation game for up to 30 players. It's based on
a simple thought experiment: imagine that the world is brought to a complete halt. Everything stops. No more business as usual. With the world frozen, you and your fellow players can tinker with it as you please. What will you change? How do you convince others to go along with your changes? And what about the consequences?

Through the 1960's, Buckminster Fuller was developing the “World Game”. It was to be his masterplan for the planet Earth: a tool that would formulate a comprehensive, design science approach to all the problems of the world. Inspired by the ideas of Fuller, we have developed the YKON Game, a more poetic perspective on the future of our world.

Instead solving the problems that we know, The YKON Game seeks to uncover the ideas that we're still missing -- sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter the world, and the way we live in it. For its players, the game poses an existential challenge: they will have to think about what kind of world they truly want.

So come and change the world. You don't need to be an expert: everyone is welcome.

Time
FRIDAY, October 16
18:30- 24:00

Location
Molekula
Delta 5
51000 Rijeka

Contact/Info/ RSVP
info@ykon.org


August 29, 2009
YKON -game at subvision survives rain and thunder storm

Despite the most harsh weather conditions imaginable the YKON game was played relocating the game several times. After initial confusion 8 players were crammed in a standrad 20 feet container developing various scenarios; one group named HAPPY WORKERS tested the idea of basic income in relation to democratically decided upper/lower limits for wages per workhour. This scheme was accompanied by a global social service in which workers would spent 4 weeks of their work life per year in work places outside of their original profession.

Here you can see a few images from the game in Hamburg. Thanks to all players for their endurance.


August 26 - September 6, 2009
Join the YKON Game - at Subvision Art Festival in Hamburg

Are you facing annihilation? Join YKON and other uncommon comrades in arms for a day of speculative scenario development and alternate future writing.

The YKON Game is a world simulation for up to 30 players. We put the world “on hold” for 6 years. You can tinker with it as you please. What will you change? How can you seduce others to go along with your changes?

This game will uncover the daring, breathtaking, sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter the world, and the way we live in it. The game process will reveal uncertainties of the presence and open up lateral thinking about the future at the same time.

The YKON Game was inspired by the World Game by Buckminster Fuller and reminds some people of Douglas Adams´ equally famous Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The game was developed in a collaboration with Pekko Koskinen.

Welcome! Bring your friends, your colleagues, your aunt ...you do not need to be an expert: everyone is welcome.

Time
Saturday August 29 from 3 to 9 pm

Location
Subvision Festival
Strandkai.Hafencity.Hamburg.Germany
presented at the containers of Sparwasser HQ

Contact/Info/ RSVP


June 13, 2009 & June 14, 2009
Join the YKON Game v.0.4 - at the 2nd Athens Biennale

Are you facing annihilation? Time for a cup of tea? Join YKON and other uncommon comrades in arms for a day where everything is possible. Our destination? The Faliro Beach: the ultimate hotspot for a total Earth makeover.

The YKON Game is a world simulation for 12 to 25 players. We put the world “on hold” for 6 years. You can tinker with the world as you please. What will you change? How can you seduce others to go along with your changes? And what about the consequences?

The YKON Game is a combination of the famous World Game by Buckminster Fuller and Douglas Adams´ equally famous Restaurant at the End of the Universe.This game will uncover the daring, breathtaking, sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter the world, and the way we live in it. Your thoughts: our world!

The game was developed in a collaboration between YKON and Pekko Koskinen.

Welcome ! Bring your friends, your colleagues, your aunt ...you do not need to be an expert: evryone is welcome.

YKON TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE OF DR. TSIRONIS

YKON have been invited to look into the Dr. Tsironis case. On June 14. 2009 a delegation from YKON will meet with representatives from the Errands group in order to decide on the initiation of an international investigation into the strange case of Dr Tsironis.  A special delegation from the state of NSK will also attend the meeting.

Dr. Vasílis Tsirónis 1929-11/7 1978, was an interventionist voice that in 1978 declared his apartment in Athens an autonomous state: NNF (Neutrophile National Front).
On July 11 the same year the state was invaded by Greek police. The head of state, Dr. Tsironis, died during the attack.

Even though there are earlier records of attacks on micronations - such as Great Britains attack on The Kingdom of Sealand, and Swedens attack on the Remony of Ladonia -  according to YKON’s historical records this is the first time a citizen of a micronation has died during an attack from a foreign state.

Location
2nd Athens Biennale at Faliro


January 31, 2009
Join the YKON Game v.0.2 - launched at HAPPY TOGETHER

"The world needs more then our love." - Part 2

Welcome to solve the world's problems. All of them. In one day. YKON
invites you to take part in the YKON Game – Saturday, January 31.
RSVP info@ykon.org. YKON will offer refreshments and drinks.

The YKON Game is a world simulation game for 12 to 25 players based on a simple thought experiment. Imagine a world that is brought to a complete halt. Everything stops. Only you and your fellow players can roam around freely and tinker with Spaceship Earth at your will. Everything is possible. What will you do? And what happens when the world is getting back into motion? You don't need to be an expert. Just to take part is enough.

The YKON Game is a modern variation of the famous World Game developed by BUCKMINSTER FULLER in the 1960s. Fuller's idea was to create a subversive tool to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone."

The game was developed in a collaboration between YKON and Berlin based maverick artist Ulu Braun.

Time
Saturday January 31, 2009 from 14:00-21:00

Location
Tallinn Art Hall
Vabaduse Square 6

Contact/RSVP

+358-50-3036702


November 20, 2008
YKON Game v.0.1 - succesfully launched at Lens Politica 2008

The first prototype of the YKON game was launched and tested during Lens Politcia in Helsinki. 10 players joined the game workshop to test the different stages of the game. The game is a thought experiment in which the world comes to a complete hold. Players can tinker with Spaceship Earth for 6 years at their will. According to each players preference they will develop a utopain, a pessimistic or a fantastic scenario for the world.


October 25, 2008
YKON represents Antarctica at the World Fair of Helsinki Biennale

This years Helsinki Biennale was organized as a secret World Fair in the cellars of Designmuseo. YKON was happy to represent the Antarctic continent at the fair, since this territory is a hotbed of activities for micronations, Utopian tinkerers and other fictitious travellers. The poster of the Biennale is a funny psychedelic world map.


for more information: www.helsinkibiennale.com


April 4-6, 2008
Future Game with Medard Gabel @ Taidehalli

"The world may need more than your love"

Welcome to solve the world's problems. All of them. In one day. YKON invites you to take part in a Future Game facilitated by renowned Medard Gabel. Saturday 5, April, 10.30-19.00. YKON will offer lunch and drinks.

The Future Game is part of YKON's first exhibition in Finland at Taidehalli, 4.4.-to 6.4. The artist group will give an overview of its recent international activities. Among the works included in the show are "Recognize Me!" – Micronations recognize Taiwan – produced for the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei and "M8-Singapore Summit of Micronation" commissioned by the Singapore Biennial 2006.

THE FUTURE GAME is a fast-paced multimedia simulation for 10 to 200 players that places you in charge of the future. The FutureGame - designed by BigPictureSmallWorld - is a modern variation of the famous WorldGame developed by Buckminster Fuller and Medard Gabel. Fullers idea was to create a subversive tool to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone."

MEDARD GABEL is the founder of BigPictureSmallWorld and the former Executive Director of the World Game Institute which he started with Buckminster Fuller. He is also known as the founder of the Encyclopaedia of World Problems Global Recall. In his work with Buckminster Fuller, he learned the power and utility of whole systems thinking, global perspectives and a good sense of humor. Gabel is the author of six books on global energy and food problems and solutions, environmentally sound planning methods, the global impact of multi-national corporations, and global sustainable economic development. He is for example auhtor of "Global Inc. - An Atlas of the Multinational Corporation."

YKON is an artist-run non-profit advocacy group for experimental countries and utopian thinkers. YKON evolved from the Amorph!03 Festival "Summit of Micronations" produced by Artists' Association MUU. The current members are Sasha Huber, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Petri Saarikko and Tomas Träskman.

FRIDAY 4.4. 18:00-21:00
- Opening of the exhibition
- Q&A with Medard Gabel
- O-Samuli-A live @ the World
- Panoramic Sketches from the Betterlands by Ulu Braun
- World Karaoke
- Karkkitehtuuri
- Vodka Jelly & Hernekeitto

SATURDAY 5.4. 10:30-19:30
- Exhibition
- Future Game (registration info@ykon.org
- Lecture by Medard Gabel

SUNDAY 6.4. 12:00-17:00
- Exhibition
- 14:00 Guided Tour of the Exhibition with YKON
- 15:00 Screening "The Mouse that Roared" (1959, with Peter Sellers)
- Karkkitehtuuri

Poster for download...
Please reserve your place for the Saturday Game event:
Contact +358-50-3036702


The Project is kindly supported by Taidehalli and KIASMA.


March 20, 2008
BRIONI SUMMIT CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

FOR THE BRIONI TOP SUMMIT OF MICRONATIONS (AND OTHER ANTI-ANTI-UTOPIANS) HELD ON THE BRIONI ISLAND IN CROATIA IN THE YEAR 2013, YKON IS NOW CALLING FOR IDEAS, PROPOSALS, PAPERS, DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST (OR INDEPENDENCE), SECRET MESSAGES, ARCHITECTURAL PLANS, GOOD PRACTICES, LOVE LETTERS, HISTORIC TREATISES, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FROM THE FUTURE.

We call YOU: peaceful mediators, psychedelic facilitators, social inventors, alien helpers, micronational achievers, autonomous space-invaders, co-operative bolo bolos, stealth designers, commited magicians, pensioned spies, utopian world-champions, transnational citizens, optimistic panarchists, light-hearted architects, participatory economists, libertarian municipalists, non-aligned revolutionaries, cross-disciplinary tinkerers, innocent visionaries, communal transcendentalists, voting-system plumbers, footnotes of history... and all those in search of the blueprints for the future.

WE INVITE YOU TO CREATE THE BRIONI SUMMIT OF MICRONATIONS TOGETHER WITH US!


Download the Call for Participation...


January 29, 2008
YKON at Conspire / Transmediale 2008

In Transmediale 08, Festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, YKON joins forces with a number of cross-disciplinary tinkerers, utopian spelunkers, conspiratorial hoaxsters and stealth tacticians who question, subvert, undermine and bypass the unspoken rules, hidden codes of conduct and assumed truths entrenched within our information driven communication cultures and ideological belief structures. The name of the exhibition, that focuses on the strategic notion of the conspiratorial act is CONSPIRE, and it is curated by Natasa Petresin-Bachelez. link...


May 31, 2007
The Future of Welfare

YKON will have a short appearance at the open air campo event with the wonderful title: "The Future of Welfare"
Campo di Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro, Venice
On Saturday 9th of June, 2007 at 8 – 11 pm


May 15, 2007
YKON at the G8 Summit 2007

YKON is invited to join ART GOES HEILIGENDAMM. This project responds to the challenge of going to the places where the social movements are, in order to interact with the different participants. The art interventions are intended to allow a "permeability” of action and perception between forms of presentation and representation in art and social movements. The intention of the project is to bridge the gap between the perception of pros and cons, of black and white. It is a matter of permeability and "growth of the present". Art works conceived during the former G8 summits have, until now, almost exclusively been shown within the art context. link...


May 10, 2007
FRAMEWORKS issue 7 presents YKON

In this special issue for the Nordic Pavilion Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2007 Frameworks puts nationality in context. Framworks asks itself and the rest of the world a difficult question: could the Biennale grow into an antidote of uncontrollable globalization, turning into a sort of preserve that takes care of the positive aspects of national identities? link...


April 28, 2007
M8 – YKON’s “cult video” in Hongkong

The festival, Le French May (19-28.05.2008), that is described as “one of the most important art festivals in Hong Kong”, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. YKON participates in the exhibition “Our Voices” with the film M8. “Don’t miss the cult video M8 by YKON”, says the organizers. We say, “WOW Thank You !" link...


April 18, 2007
YKON at Palais de Tokyo

On Wednesday 18th of April YKON will do a presentation followed by a screening of the film M8 in Palais de Tokyo. This event is done in collaboration with the Pixelache Festival 2007 in Paris. link...


February 1, 2007
YKON goes French!

YKON present their works and operations in four different locations this spring. Palais de Tokyo, the Finnish Institute in Paris, Main D’Ouvre and Le French May in Hongkong, all host this artist group from Finland. In one of the most prominent of art institutions in France, Palais de Tokyo, YKON, joins forces with a number of artists in the exhibition “News from the upside Down” (01.02-06.05.2007).


February 1, 2007
YKON joins Mal au Pixel

In a new manifestation of their work, YKON, again in collaboration with the Pixelache Festival will present a Roadmap of their activities in the Finnish Institute in Paris in the exhibition “YKON: Roadside Picnic in Paris.” At the same time the film M8 will be screened at Main D’Ouvre. link...


December 6, 2006
Dreamlands Burn in Budapest

YKON presents a documentation of its current work at "Dreamlands Burn" at the Kunsthalle Budapest. In this exhibition the organizers attempt to offer a contemporary reading of the complex artistic reality of Northern Europe with the help of various concepts – nation, identity, statehood, personal versus public, the question of communities, etc –, metaphors and thoughts, and their overlapping or parallel representations. link...


December 1, 2006
YKON goes to Antarctica


In Pist Protta Atlas, YKON presents its explorations on Antarctica. Walking in the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe, YKON does a mapping of micronations and other utopias on Antarctica, and inside the earth. link...


November 27, 2006
Micronations recognize Taiwan!


On November 27, the non-profit advocacy group YKON revealed that it has been secretly negotiating with a number of Microstates and Micronations on full recognition of the sovereignty and independence. The proposals are being presented to the public at MOCA Taipei between December 2 and February 4, 2006. Taiwanese citizens can also express their support for negotiations with the Group of Ten by signing a petition on display at MOCA. [A BIG “thank You” from YKON to Manray Hsu and Maren Richter¡] link...


September 3, 2006
YKON at the IMF/ World Bank meetings in Suntex City


M8, an installation created by YKON for the Singapore Biennale, looks at Singapore with reference to the utopias of the micronations. What is the utopia reflected in and by Singapore? M8 - Summit of Micronations, Singapore, 2006
YKON's film and installation present fragments from the M8 summit convened by the artists and hosted by Singapore. link...


February 3, 2006
Sign Up! Travel with YKON.


Sign up for a "Micronations Manifesting in Berlin"-tour with the Micronation Travelling Agency. The idea of the tours is to extend the topic of Micronations with the surroundings of the gallery space and to locate and to pin point related phenomena in Berlin. Seats are limited! link...