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Real Utopias

Friday, April 6th, 2012
One-week Interaction Design Workshop at the Arts Academy of Split, Croatia.

Oliver, Pekko and Christina followed the invitation to host a workshop employing game mechanics to develop critical design tools for real utopias.

During the workshop the team developed  a myriad of micro games employing various perspectives of game design.

We collectively mapped utopian ideas, went for a shit hunt, challenged conventions inside a local supermarket, had our perspectives shifted and foci modified. Our brains were thoroughly blend playing with prototypes of our our week-long workshop.

Challenging Conventions – 3 Micro Games in the local supermarket

One of the modifying devices to help gain new perspectives

This is BrainBlender, a tool and game in one, to collectively develop unconventional ideas

More extensive documentation of the workshop  and its 7-year legacy here:

YKON Game @ Brut

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Dramatize this!

Brut hosted five international productions from Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Estonia under the title Baltic Games as part of an international exchange program. The Finnish Baltic Circle Festival is focussed on the performance and experimental theatre scene of countries neighboring the Baltic Sea and is considered one of the most important locations for new discoveries from the Baltic region. The festival has succeeded in building a cultural bridge between Eastern and Western Europe.

Brut invited YKON to come to Vienna and transform the game for a theatre context. So we did.

For more in- and outside impressions click here.

No Ideas But In Things (Device#4)

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

For Device #4 YKON asked exhibition visitors to take an empty flag and write down their immediate change to our world as they envisioned it. It didn’t matter if it was utopian, dystopian, purely fantastic or extremely practical. Then they had to pick a corresponding object or two and attach the flag to it and place it somewhere accordingly onto the YKON Map. This booklet shows the collective accumulation of suggestions for our future that were fabricated during 37 Manifestos 2011 in Berlin.

Device #4 is part of 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.

YKON is a non-for-profit advocacy group for unrepresented nations, experimental countries & utopian thinkers. YKON’s key interest is the production & dissemination of knowledge about these fragile entities by means of co-operation & collaboration between the arts & ALL other fields of study. YKON engineers facilitation devices and communication formats to instigate collaborative exchange, research and development.

Game v.10 & The Opening Night

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

During 37 Manifestos in Berlin.
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YKON at 37 Manifestos

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Earlier this July YKON participated in “37 MANIFESTOS – How to become a collective in four easy lessons”
We played the YKON Game on the opening weekend and for the first time we displayed the game within an exhibition format.
We installed four stations to test individual participation..

“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”