enGage ludiCity
A Situationist-inspired ludic urban action with UCLA’s REMAP
personal distruptive ludiC Actions: June 13 to June 19
collective situationist ludiC enGagement: June 20
Saturday June 20 at g727
Daylight Engagement: 4pm to 6:30pm
Night Engagement: 9:30pm to 12midnight

enGage ludiCity is a Situationist-inspired ludic urban action (detournement / derive) using mobile technology for collective design and reflection on the psychogeography and historicity of Los Angeles. A Cultural Civic Computing experience by UCLA’s Center for Research in Engineering Media and Performance (REMAP).

For more information, visit la.remap.ucla.edu/ludicity.

The term “ludic” refers to any situation or activity relating to play or playfulness. As was the case for the Situationist International movement, playfulness is a key component of this project. Participants are invited to explore the city as a “ludic space” and to experience the city through “ludic actions”. The intention is to disrupt capitalist psychogeographic tendencies and promote new ways of seeing and thinking the city.

For one week leading up to the collective engagment (June 13-20), participants will generate information about the city by logging locations and actions with their phones using text messages. On June 20th everyone is invited to explore downtown LA using new maps created from this accumulated information.

The process is structured in 3 stages: We hope you will join us for all three stages of the experimental process. But you can choose any combination that fit your schedule and interest. We do ask you to please register using the form at http://la.remap.ucla.edu/ludicity/createuser.php.

The Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance is a joint effort of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. REMAP bridges the world-class faculty and students of HSSEAS and TFT to explore new enriching cultural forms and empowering social situations enabled by the thoughtful interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.

“In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.” (From Guy Debord’s Theory of the Dérive)