Re:Activism

Re:Activism is a location-based urban game that maps the history of activism onto the streets where it happened, as players reenact and re-create the actions that once took place there. Structured as a non-linear race, teams move between historic sites in any order they choose, completing challenges with varying degrees of difficulty and risk.

The technology behind Re:Activism is pedestrian (literally!): a mobile phone with a camera and the ability to text message, posterboard, markers, and pamphlets. There’s no special software or GPS needed to play the game. Instead, it uses provisional tools commonly available around the world.

So far, Re:Activism has been played in New York City (2008-2012), Beijing (2008), Minneapolis/St. Paul (2009) and Philadelphia, PA (2011).

Re:Activism is a PETLab/Parsons The New School for Design project.

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Re:Activism with the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia on Vimeo.

Challenge Card for the Stonewall Riots (1969), NYC

Come Out and Play 2008