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Exhibit: JIF Gallery

Dr. Kim Foale has spoken at Feral Vector before, and this year, will be exhibiting something visual: JIF Gallery.

There’s more to it than shows in this early prototype video.

Kim says:

I have fond memories of the cabinets and surfaces covered in trinkets, curios and ornaments in my grandparents’ house as a child. These objects seem out of place and time: from the exceedingly naff to the hopelessly ornate, it can be hard to understand other peoples’ attachments to sentimental items.

What will we be wishing to store for posterity when we’re old? Many fond moments on the internet are sharing gifs with friends — as trivial as it seems these are things we now often reference in conversation or make an special effort to send to a friend. It’s also likely we will be awash in cheap computer parts from a few more decades of disposable-by-design computing.

We’re creating a cabinet of curiosity of these Jolly Interesting Files (JIFs) for people to contribute to. We’re looking for donations of older smartphones to help make this a reality. And please, send your favourite dog gif to jollyinterestingfiles [@] gmail [dot] com

Live Games for Feral Vector 2017

We have a welter of games for you at Feral Vector next week! Places on these will be limited, some workshops and live games will be happening at the same time as each other, and signup links for these as well as workshops will be going out to ticket holders on Friday.

Last year, we ran a LARP about post-apocalyptic business cargo cults, titled Business Year 2000. Competing startups attempted to summon an Angel Investor and drive back the Green Blight. They all failed, together. This financial year, it returns as: Business Year 2001: A Business Odyssey.

Business Year 2000

One of the inspirations for BY2K was the writing of Nate Crowley, who, the very day we ran it last year, announced Big Mike Lunchtime’s Business Training ’95. We’re delighted to say Nate’s been writing BY2K1 with us, and it is going to be very special.

Jim Thompson will be running several games at Feral Vector. The first is Martian Gardens, which will run for the entirety of Feral Vector:

Jim Thompson - Martian Gardens

“A game for everyone! Martian Gardens is a deeply social game for everyone attending Feral Vector. As pioneers of the new frontier you are tasked with making the barren landscape of Mars fertile again with a range of tailored fauna. No single person has enough resources to make this happen so you must choose your strategy in order to make the deserts bloom.

The game will run across the length of Feral Vector and players can be as active or as reflective as they like. You might be a lone outpost of floral beauty or you might collaborate with others and pool your resources to achieve bigger things!

An opportunity to express marvellous acts of beauty across the face of a whole planet.”

The second, a much shorter LARP, is titled Deep Green:

Jim Thompson - Deep Green

“Deep Green is a short larp that pitches players into the task of being responsible for the last ever natural living things. The pressure of the tasks you must complete makes every choice one of delicate balance and compromise, not everyone’s priorities are the same. If this is not difficult enough, outside forces and the pressure of time will challenge your wit and wisdom. All choices have consequences.

The game is suitable for those completely new to larp as well as experienced larpers. No prior preparation is required. Just come along prepared to jump into a role playing game and see how well you can navigate the challenges the situation creates for you.”