DIM - A Transformation Game by Áron Birtalan

Friday 8 December 2017, 15-20 hrs
Location: CLOUD/Danslab, DCR - De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, The Hague
Check route from Central Station (tram 3) on google maps
Admission: € 7,50 / € 5,-
(discount with Ooievaarspas or student pass)
RSVP: reserveren@stroom.nl
(the number of participants is limited)
Language spoken: English

Live participatory event on location

Transformation Games is an experimental discipline that attempts to re-imagine the world around us through alternative social models. During the afternoon, participants blend elements of roleplay, rituals and everyday routines into a new, jointly-created experience.
Throughout the game, participants create, experience and learn alternative ways of thinking and interacting, touched by the thematic of Uncertainty Seminars: The Strange Escape. Participants are defined by more and more effective problem-solving skills, stronger empathy, and the acknowledgement and acquirement of different perspectives. By becoming fictional participants in a fictional world, one's real life experience of the world, responsibilities, hierarchies and social dynamics are left behind.
There is no dress-up involved and no fixed roles are adopted - unlike the classic image of Live Action Role Playing (LARP). Instead, a neutral space is the backdrop and participants themselves create the ‘script' based on a rudimentary outline, developed and guided by artist and live game developer Áron Birtalan.

Sign up
Everyone is welcome to join in and no prior experience is required. However, capacity is limited to a maximum of 18 participants. Be sure to sign up by writing an e-mail to: reserveren@stroom.nl. You will receive a confirmation mail and more details. The payment of € 7,50 /€ 5,- (discount with Ooievaarspas or student pass) needs to be done in advance. After making a reservation you will receive an email with instructions about payment options.

The event starts with plenty of introduction and instruction, at 15:00 hrs.

FAQ: What to expect
Take a look at his website for more information on Áron Birtalan's approach to live games and what to expect: http://aronbirtalan.net/what-should-i-expect

To get an informed view on the background and social and political potential of Live Action Role Playing (LARP), Stroom warmly recommends Paul Graham Raven's article as published on Rhizome: This Is a Game: A (very) Brief History of Larp (2012).
Or read: The Art of LARP by Hannah Zafiropoulos on the website of The Spectator.

Áron Birtalan
Áron Birtalan is a Hungarian artist who makes games and rituals in everyday environments. Working together with participants and their imagination as an artistic medium, he explores the nature of human interaction by creating collaborative experiences, called 'Transformation Games'. Through his work, Áron encourages people to tap into a playful territory, where art, games and magic mingle. His work draws upon the history of transformation through rites, and as a whole, the role of rituals in society. He currently lives in The Netherlands, running the experimental platform Secret Fiction.

This program is part of Uncertainty Seminars, which in turn is part of the on-going program Attempts to Read the World (Differently), and is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the City of The Hague.

See also related event:
Saturday 9 December 2017, 13-18 hrs
Uncertainty Seminars: The Strange Escape

An afternoon program exploring the deviate potential of doubt. With contributions by Ramon Amaro, Jude Crilly, Johanna Koljonen, The Rodina and more.
>> click here to sign up and read more

DIM - A Transformation Game by Áron Birtalan
photo: design: The Rodina
Áron Birtalan
photo: design: The Rodina
Attempts to Read the World (Differently)
photo: design: The Rodina