the Palm oil in ice cream, heavy metals in the sushi, dioxins in plastleksakerna, conflict minerals in the smart phone and the endocrine-disrupting flame retardants in isuppli. In the board game ”Party” to get the chance to fly around the world to collect the ingredients for a festive children's party. Deforestation, glacier and korallrevsblekning follow on the fly.
the Player with the most air miles, the heaviest car and the highest income have the best chance to win. At the same time, gives ”Party” a galghumoristisk analysis of the modern lifestyle impact on the environment.
" Humor can be an effective way to deal with difficult and heavy subjects. Board games also have an ability to create a dialogue between the players. In this game there will be hopefully a dialogue about how we consume and how we have lost touch with the biosphere, " says the artist Eric Ericson, who, along with his collaborator Lars Arrhenius has created the ”Parties”.
and a leksaksrobot waving happily at the cover to ”Party”. The playing pieces consist of aircraft, the game board of a world map and the gameplay is reminiscent of ”Raiders of the lost diamond”, even if the resources come from more directions than Africa. Flygturerna to konfliktmineralernas the Congo, palmoljeplantagernas Jakarta, sojafältens Brazil, fabric mills in becoming more Dhaka, oljediktaturens saudi Arabia and many other of the global economy, more shady sites.
”Avocados, violence, deforestation and drought are the most important ingredients in guacamolen”, reads the text to the box, Petorca, while the players that happen to land on plastskräpskontinenten in the Pacific ocean, will read: ”Compensation for the land that will disappear with rising sea levels. God has thought of everything.”
" We have been interested in consumption and the economy because we think it is the great engine of society. The game ”Celebration” can be seen in different perspectives: one is that you are preparing a children's party, the other is the large, resource-intensive party, which we all are a part of, where we fly around on weekend trips with Ryan Air and the use of oil from dictatorships, lithium from the chilean mines and the clothes from the bangladeshi låglönearbetare, " says Lars Arrhenius.
once a great civilization, since the inhabitants were unable to conserve the island's natural resources. The islanders ' fate, after having felled its last tree has been interpreted as symbolic of the whole of humanity's plight today, among other things, by Jared Diamond in the book ”Downfall”. In the game ”Party” is the easter Island is also a box that players can end up on: ”Remnants from a previous party. That you do not care about and does not affect your party.”
Among the game's 120 short are many messages in the same, slightly cynical spirit, where the comfort and pleasure a priority in front of the responsibility and commitment: ”In the twelve thousand meters of altitude, you feel confidence in the future. Any machine must be able to drive the gulf stream”; ”Have you a car? Thank you for contributing to a warmer climate and tax revenue. Roll the dice again”; and ”Tips. Start the day with an organic breakfast at the center stage when you fill up diesel.”
" I think that we convey a truthful picture of how it goes with the climate challenge. We fly and buy as if there was no tomorrow. It is a harsh situation and we have a pretty dark view on the current direction, " says Eric Ericson.
"Yes, we want sugar, fat, and SUVS," says Lars Arrhenius.
– it is perceived as cynical need not be a disadvantage. Svartsynen can create a counter-movement of the player, a feeling of ”I don't want it to be this way”. Really dark art can be easier to take in than that devious, feel good. We have no funders require that we sell a story that feels good, " answers Lars Arrhenius.
He compares with the Pieter Brueghels ”Death's triumph”, a painting from around 1562, which depicts people dying in droves while an army of skeletons draws in over a parched landscape. The painting, which likely touched the lives of 1500-talsmänniskans experience of the black death, is compared sometimes with the 2000-talsmänniskans meeting with climate change.
”Death's triumph” is as black as satan. Not a bastard survives. I believe that art and culture can be much harder and go much deeper into the darkness instead of to construct a small superimposed hope, so people will be able to read or watch. In the Greek tragedies all die, it is black as night. We meme-makers should not shy away from the darkness, " says Lars Arrhenius.
aspect reveals itself spelmakarna as anything other than amused cynic. The playing pieces in the form of aircraft, seemingly made of plastic, is in fact made of corn and therefore biodegradable. The game has also been transported from the production in Poland with lorries powered by biogas.
But to take as much responsibility for the climate is no vinnarstrategi in the game ”Perfect”. It is one of the worse cards you can pull out of the pile: ”You try to break kalashysterin by to invite to a party. Birch bark instead of plastic. No one wants to come. Stand over the two rounds.”