HipBone 03: The HipBone Games

[ by Charles Cameron / the HipBone Games — for Hipbone 01 see here — 02 here ]
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Again, my thanks to Bryan for the mention of my games in his book, and his kind invitation to me to introduce my games here…

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My HipBone Games are attempts to make something close to the Glass Bead Game that Hesse envisioned playable – on a human scale, with pencil and napkin in a coffee bar — or online, using social media.

The games themselves are mini-artforms, taking advantage of the digital affordances that Sven Birkerts talked about:

We are probably on the brink of the birth of whole new genres of art which will work through electronic systems. These genres will likely be multi-media in ways we can’t imagine. Digitalization, the idea that the same string of digits can bring image, music, or text, is a huge revolution in and of itself. When artists begin to grasp the creative possibilities of works that are neither literary, visual, or musical, but exist using all three forms in a synthetic collage fashion, an enormous artistic boom will occur.

On the HipBone game-boards, one idea links to another wherever one board position connects to another with an unbroken line.

You can read a game from first move through last, you can let all the moves hang in the air as a polyphony of voices… or see the board itself as the blueprint for an architecture of ideas, with each move a column, each link an arch, and the whole game a cathedral in miniature.

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Come see a game that talks of story and gameplay, of fixed plots and open choices, of narrative and life…

… or follow the development of my Said Symphony game, a solo game in 130 or so moves just starting up — track it at #saidsymphony on twitter — exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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One Response to HipBone 03: The HipBone Games

  1. hipbone says:

    HipBone game boards can now be downloaded from http://wp.me/p1DsRr-1 (the standard WaterBird board), http://wp.me/p1DsRr-9 (the slightly smaller Dart board, or http://wp.me/p1DsRr-f (the Hop, SKip and a Jump board). Other boards will no doubt be added — find them at http://hipboards.wordpress.com/ .

    For those who are interested, the Sven Birkerts quote is from Cliff Becker’s interview, “The New Pandora’s Box: An Interview with Sven Birkerts”, which was posted on the National Endowment for the Arts site at:

    http://arts.endow.gov/Community/Features7/Birkerts.html

    but is no longer hosted there, and is not in the Internet Archive either. I have been quoting it for years, and if I had the interview saved somewhere, I’m pretty sure it was two or three computers back…

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