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Terra Incognita "Oakland Edition"

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The city is an open ended puzzle.  Terra Incognita is a game of urban exploration. With the help of the DEMILIT Collective, we will be discovering the city anew and making the familiar unfamiliar and either way It will be a great way to spend a spring afternoon in Oakland.


Tentative Schedule

12PM            Meet at Sudoroom.  Go over rules and pick the day's themes
12:30-2:30                 Explore Oakland Create your pieces
245-?               Reconvene at Sudoroom..and reassemble the city

* This event is Kid-Friendly.*  We will provide materials and light snacks,
Bring water, sunscreen, and (optionally) your favorite notebook or recording device.

Details of the general guidelines for the game in its previous iteration are here:

The Game: 
Puzzles begin with placing the first piece. Take the plunge. Play a game. Enter Terra Incognita. 

Start an infinite geographical puzzle. Explore your routine world in a way you wouldn’t even recognize. Study your city to discover something you had never imagined. Every piece of Terra Incognita you create can be the seed for a new puzzle or the newest addition to an expanding one.


TERRA INCOGNITA (TI) is played to cipher and decipher a city.


In TI, players map a collective incompleteness—a group hallucination of an imagined terrain. By building and interacting with their puzzle, players identify conflicts and fissures in their towns, explore unknown neighborhoods, play entertaining games, solve evolving mysteries, and fantasize about hidden geographies. TI can be a combined activist tool, an art piece and a discussion catalyst all in one.


By using or subverting the instructions in this newspaper, players can develop techniques of puzzle-making, and play games with their collected puzzle pieces. They can even invent new games and share the rules with others, potentially by adding documentation to the web. (Suggested tag:#TerraIncognita).


As an endless puzzle, TI hovers at an in-between level: neither electronic nor built. Neither fully local nor strictly global. Neither fully assembled or incomplete. TI can be personal and embodied. It can be played to recover the places that most affected you in your life. Or invent the city that you wish existed. This is a never-ending game that continuously pieces together a parallel world.

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 11:00
2141 Broadway, 94612 more
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