Extreme political speeches attract more and more Europeans day after day.
From an artistic investigation on the physical sensations of the extreme, we will create « Extreme? » a tool to build new representations of the extreme in Europe and to create local debate through a game, from a non-political starting point. Raising questions (with no right or wrong answers) and opening new territories for discussions, it will try and involve people who usually feel left out of the democratic debate.
Investigation in places of Europe where the geography fosters extreme practices.
Extreme politics are one of the major threats to democracy in Europe today. «Extreme?» addresses this issue in an unconventional way, creating playful debates. It should contribute to raising consciousness of what we have in common, and what it implies to take care of it together.
The game will have gathered groups of people to share a playful moment, voice their views on extreme issues, identify their common interests, shift perpectives and enrich mutual understanding.
A new representation of the extreme, through a sensitive mapping, might give rise to new narratives.
«Extreme?» game will be designed from interviews on extreme practices (sports, jobs..). It will be downloadable from a web platform in several languages. Players will be encouraged to post results online, thus contributing to a sensitive mapping of the extreme. Communication/Dissemination strategy will include events, e.g. playing the game in « extreme » places, and presentations in professional contexts to reach Individuals and NGOs who might use the game with their audiences and relay it.
By creating seemingly lighthearted spaces for social interaction, we wish to feed political discussions with poetical questions. From field investigations and documentary practices, we implement artistic processes restoring sensitivity as a key factor for social transformation.
We wish to involve especially those who do not usually take part in the political debate.
To reach them, our core target group will be people in position to organize small group events or social debate (i.e. sports associations, civil rights NGOs, educational and social workers etc.)
Any feedback or advice will be more than welcome!