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 worldâ€™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 Berlinâ€™s venue, the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU2, from the 28th September to 21st October 2006
28th September to 21st October 4 â€“ 6pm
First Play Berlin Weekend 12th â€“ 15th October 4 â€“ 11.30pm
Day Of The Figurines was developed as part of the European research project IPerG (Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming).