Read out a card and ask each person in the group to say or write down the first word that comes to mind. Compare the different perspectives and personalities that these stream-of-conscious responses reveal.
Choose a card and have two people or two teams argue for or against it. Is it a utopia or dystopia idea? Would it work or not?
Separate into two teams, the first team chooses a card and has to act it out without speaking. Whichever team says one of the highlighted words first, gets a point. To make it more of a challenge, require that teams name all of the highlighted words.
Have everyone choose a card, without showing it to the others, and draw their interpretation of it on a piece of paper. Pass the paper to the person on your left, who writes down what they decipher in the drawing. Compare interpretations to the original question card.
Draw a black Insight card and interpret it as the first statement in the constitution of a new government. Together, define the first four laws that this government will pass. Remember to defend the goals of your own LARP character.
Draw a black Insight card and interpret it as the mission statement of a new university. Together define the four new courses that this university requires all students to take. Remember to defend the goals of your own LARP character.
We know the world will look different after this crisis. The question is: will the societal reset look better or worse than before? Build an AI card deck with articles about post-crisis speculations (like this one ↗ or this one ↗) and see what kind of questions about the future you get. Decide which questions lead to a better world, or one that is worse off – a dystopia or utopia.
Does your empty city look like a scene from a science fiction movie? Take advantage of it to spark your imagination. Build your card deck with short science fiction stories or articles about the future. Go for a walk (but keep social distancing), and apply the questions to things you spot. Maybe this quarantine will inspire you to write a piece of fiction, think of a new invention, or solve a problem you didn’t notice before.
Created by Imagination of Things ↗, a creative studio based in Amsterdam. It’s infused with our methodology around design fiction and our playful personality. Originally intended to help ideation sessions, we ended with an AI card deck that sparks thoughtful interaction. More about this process. ↗ We hope it will find new possibilities and use cases into the imagination of others.
This project started as a collaboration with Baltan Laboratories ↗, an initiative for experimentation on the crossroads of art, design, science and technology, based in Eindhoven. Its kick-off and first iteration was kindly supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and Provincie Noord-Brabant.
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