Manifesto! is a sugar-coloured game designed to frustrate. We made it while the political fallout of the 2015 election was playing out all over the media. It grew out of some conversations with Furtherfield, about what a street game inspired by the Magna Carta might look like, for a strand they were curating at Frequency Festival in Lincoln.
In October 2015, Matheson Marcault tried out ten new ways to play football – each one designed for GameCity by a different designer.
Nottingham was declared the City of Football for 2015, so GameCity decided to fill the Market Square with reimagined versions of the game for ten days, and they invited us along to curate it.
It was a brilliant experience – playing games right in the middle of Market Square made it really easy to get people involved, and we had commentators, referees and demonstration players from around Nottingham to help passers-by understand what was going on. Check out this Guardian article for more context around the project, or read about the individual games below…
Click through the gallery above to see photos from the event.
On 4-6 September, we ran Now Play This, a weekend of games at Somerset House in London with George Buckenham and Jo Summers.
Over the course of three days we involved more than 70 speakers, game designers, writers and performers, and drew an audience of over a thousand players.