culturecapital is an arts trading card game about how value is determined, shifted, and produced within performing arts economies.
On Thursday,June 6th, local artists Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn will demo culturecapital, a live art + digital media performance in the form of a collectible trading card game about the performing arts economy in Canada.
Wait—you’re probably thinking: Did they really spend hundreds of hours going through five years worth of municipal, provincial, and federal public funding data and interviewing artists to make a card game about the performing arts economy inCanada?
Yes they did.
So come get a sneak peek demonstration of the digital-media-infused finals of the tournament for a game that arts funding juries call “divisive and niche” and that almost everyone else calls “absolutely necessary for arts workers and the greater public to play” and “incredibly accurate and fair.”
SummonCompanies. Roll for Grants. Play Projects. And use Strategies to be the most valuable in Vancouver. Four BC-based artists will go head-to-head in timed matches to become the first ever Magnetic North Theatre Festival Champion.
Limand Blenkarn will be creating region-specific iterations of culturecapital in Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton in the coming year. Stay tuned for updates.
Important note: while knowledge of the arts and trading card games will give added value, no prior experience with either is necessary.
7:00pm- 7:45pm // MATCH 1
NatalieTY Gan (Hong Kong Exile) vs Andrew Barrett (Impulse Theatre)
8:00pm- 8:45pm // MATCH 2
SophiaWolfe (Festival of Recorded Movement) vs Dave Mott (Upintheair Theatre)
9:00pm- 10:00pm // FINALS
MATCH1 Winner vs MATCH 2 Winner
10:00pm- Late // OPEN PLAY
After the event, join us for an informal hangout and closer look through the cards.
Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening.
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