In Search of A/The Point of Life

Archive for February, 2013

‘About running, the runner’s high, playing Nondon Ambassador and feeling good: Kaidie’s experience of the Nondon 2012 Olympics’.

Talk on Friday at the RCA 14:30-15:30hrs as part of TRAND 5: Whatever Next? London 2013 and beyond, 8 February – 8 March. Convened by Joe Kerr and Sarah Teasley .
Other speakers in the series include authors Iain Sinclair, Will Self and Travis Elborough, designer and academic Sophie Thomas, filmmaker Paul Kelly, and musician Bob Stanley.
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I am a smart gadget with many smart apps

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Can you step in and fill this i-pad?

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Slade Performance Day, 2013 February 15th, Friday

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Girl running hand-in-hand with girl running

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Dear Apple or Google or Blackberry

Hey. I would like to sell you an idea for a game.

In this app which you access via your smart mobile device free-of-charge, you play ‘Kaidie’, a ‘trans-runner’, who is on a ‘Quixotic Quest for A/The Point of Life’. You are given a time-frame of ‘1000 Days’, and you proceed via running, both physically ‘Off-Line’ or in ‘Meatspace’, as well as metaphorically, ‘On-Line’. In other words, this is a blended-reality game.

Along the way, you have to run into as many new experiences as possible, including ‘Hits and Misses’. You must also meet new runners both online and offline, who are in effect other players of the game. You can join forces and become their ‘Co-Runner’, ‘Coach’ or ‘Pacer’, or you can thwart their efforts by ‘Running Them Down’ or ‘Running Against Them’. What I am saying is that you have to be an ‘Active Agent’. ‘Bystanders’ or ‘Spectators’ are not allowed. When the going gets tough, you can press the ‘Kill Zombies’, ‘Kill Time’ functions, or re-load ‘Sisu’, ‘Long Range Vision’, ‘Daoist Sage’s Special Home-Brew Wine’ or the ‘Tarahumara’s Special Home-Brew Beer’ . However, there is no ‘Home’ to return to, and you are required to be ‘On The Run’. After having completed more than 700 days of running, you may get lucky and be rewarded a bonus function, called ‘Runner’s High’. If you are unlucky, you may meet with ‘Premature Death’. You may get ‘Run Over by a Car’.

You can even ‘Go Back In Time’ to see how the forerunner of the game, Kaidie’s 1000-Day Trans-Run 12.12.2009 – 09.09.2012 was born. That was in the year 2006 in Finland, the same country that gave birth to some of the main players of the Digital World,  Nokia and Angry Birds itself. You can find out how it was while I was on an artist-in-residency programme on the island of Suomenlinna in my ‘Proverbial Pascal’s Room’ that my imagination ran riot, and devised Kaidie’s Trans-Run as a playful means for me to set foot in the internet world. That is to say, the creation of a playful, game-like artwork eradicated my anxiety about the social media world, and enabled me to fully participate, explore and transform the new world, first hand, feet first.

For users of the Premium version of the game, you are able to ‘mod’, or modify, the game, and add your own variations to the game’s basic narrative. After all, the game is already convoluted and ambiguous enough to start with. We can even collate all the variations of the  game into a the wiki – which can itself be a game.

There is one last thing to point out. For all versions, there is not one, but ‘10,000 Out-Comes’. And, whichever way you go, the primary essence – or catch – of the game, is that there are No Points awarded, nor any prizes or rewards. I wouldn’t bet on you finding ‘A/The Point of Life’ either. So, your game is truly point-less. There’s no end to your game, except your death on 09.09.2012. Perhaps, then, the point of your life is to reach your ‘End-Point’, or ‘End-Game’, of death.

All that said, death, and life, are an elastic concepts. This is, after all, a game. Your game. So, instead of dying, you may face ‘Transition’, ‘Transmigration’ or even ‘Transcendence’ (whatever the hell that might be).

That’s all folks. For now. Well, that’s not all since I’ve bagloads of tricks so do give us a call. Yours, Truly, Kaidie

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