A Reality Game in 12 Moves, Bangalore (India) and Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 2014
In Bangalore the game zone is located under the KH Double Road flyover, one of the noisiest places in the city.
In Gelsenkirchen the game zone is located at Schalker Verein – the site of a former steel factory. Despite several urban planning proposals and interest from city officials to develop the area into a new vibrant quarter of Gelsenkirchen, the land, to date, has ceased to attract the necessary private investment and has stood relatively empty for several years.
Ten locals in both cities committed to a half year game-like process.
Bangalore: Vivek Chockalingam, Ria Rajan, Rebana John, Nikhil Narendra, Neha Mehta, Kamya Ramachandran, Kadambari Misra, Jackson Porretta, Avril Stormy Unger, Arzu Mistry, Shaona Sen
Game Master: Archana Prasad
Gelsenkirchen: Marino Bakoulis, Cynthia Browne, Carina Duchale, Thomas Frank, Lars W. Gieskes, Lasse Gieskes, Connie Mealing, Florian Mealing, Roman Pilgrim
Guest Players: Valid Hassan, Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina
Game Master: Angelina Duchale
In bi-weekly game meetings the players receive (25 EUR / 50 EUR) each to invest into the game zone during the following two weeks.
The game moves, which players realize with the help of the game money, could be anything from poetic gestures to urban planning approaches. They could team up or act on their own.
There are fixed rules for the game (red rules) and changeable rules (green rules). At any game meeting, players can suggest a change to the green rules.
The game can be followed at www.investmentzone.info.
Kalleinen (FIN, *1975) and Kochta-Kalleinen (DE, *1971) are artists based in Helsinki. They began to collaborate in 2003 by organizing The First Summit of Micronations in Helsinki (Amorph!03 festival). Since that they have created numerous participatory art projects, for example Complaints Choirs (ongoing since 2005), which has spread in more than 120 cities and is based on open source principles. They made several cinematic works such as The Making of Utopia (2006), People in White (2011) and Archipelago Science Fiction (2012). They are founding members of The Speech Karaoke Action Group and YKON. They have exhibited in venues including Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), P.S.1 (New York), Shedhalle (Zürich), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), Hamburg Kunsthalle (Hamburg), KUMU (Tallinn), KIASMA (Helsinki), S.M.A.K. (Gent) and Ars Electronica Center (Linz). Their film works have been shown in venues such as Hot Docs (Toronto), Rome Film Festival (Rome), New Media Festival (Tokyo) and MoMa (New York). In 2012 they received the AVEK media award prize and in 2014 the prestigious Ars Fennica art prize.