New Blast Theory Work: Day of the Figurines

On September 20, 2006 by Christy

DOTF**World Premiere**

**Day Of The Figurines, HAU, Berlin**

Blast Theory presents the world premiere of Day Of The Figurines, a mass participation artwork using mobile phones that is part board game and part secret society.

Set in a fictional English town that is littered, dark and underpinned with steady decay, the game unfolds over 24 days, each day representing an hour in the life of the town. Up to 1000 players place their plastic figurines onto the board. They are moved by hand in a meticulous performance throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Players participate by sending text messages. They must help other players as they receive updates from the town, missions and dilemmas.
They can also chat to players who are near them in the town using text messages as events unfold in the town: a gig by Scandinavian death metallists, an invasion by a Middle Eastern army, a summer fete.

Day Of The Figurines is the world’s first MUD (Multi User Domain) for mobile phones.

Invited by Trampoline as part of First Play Berlin which features innovative work that questions and expands the notion of interactive art, Day Of The Figurines will be on show in the foyer of Berlin’s venue, the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU2, from the 28th September to 21st October 2006

Opening times

28th September to 21st October 4 – 6pm
 
First Play Berlin Weekend 12th – 15th October 4 – 11.30pm

Day Of The Figurines was developed as part of the European research project IPerG (Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming).

For more details

Day Of The Figurines http://www.dayofthefigurines.co.uk

Blast Theory http://www.blasttheory.co.uk

Mixed Reality Lab http://www.mrl.nott.ac.uk

IPerG http://www.pervasive-gaming.org

Trampoline http://www.trampoline-berlin.de

Additional tour Dates

National Museum of Singapore, December 2006

Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester, 2007