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CYOW* #2

*Choose Your Own Way

Home:
An Interactive Domestic Fiction Salon

Date: November 30th
Location: Artech, 336 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory
Featuring: K. Alix Anttila, Louise Chow, Jonathan Dawes, Christopher Alan Slater, Kay Slater, Lisa Smedman


We made some (more) interactive fiction! Using the theme HOME, we worked to create interactive stories/games/art during the month of November with the intent to share with folks on November 30th.

The writing theme that connected our work was HOME, but the format in which folks presented their interactive stories was up to them. Mini booklets, Twine projects, performance pieces, RPG games, audio projects, or any other format folks could think of! People worked within the theme and then got their projects ready to share with a public audience for November 30th at our salon. During the month, we invited folks to use the hashtag #clubIFHome so we could document the event!

Check out some of the featured projects from our event:

Our application process for CYOW events was very informal. As long as folks adhered to basic rules of respect, were willing to label any content that might have been unsuitable for public consumption, and were willing to challenge themselves to produce work on theme with the event – you were welcome. The CYOW jam (which happened throughout November) involved conversation and sharing our our social media platforms. The final salon event showcased work that was produced and our collective members reserved the right to review and approve all materials presented at our public event.

Notes:

The Papercut Arcade defines *artist as a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, photographer, painter, novelist, poet, or filmmaker. The keyword is practice; therefore, if you make art or produce work with the intent of participating in a The Papercut Arcade challenge or exhibition, you ARE an artist.

CYOA = > CYOW: We had previously called these events CYOA in honour of our childhood love of Choose Your Own Adventure Gamebooks. They shaped who we are now as people. However; one of the original authors has since formed a new company and formalized a trademark with which they are going after indie game designers and publishers. Rather than deal with any of that (but still keeping in the spirit of the choose your own narrative adventure games), we’ve renamed our narrative events CYOW or Choose Your Own Way.

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The Great Selfie Battle #3

November 23rd 2019

Gallery coming soon.

Collective Photo Challenge: Self portrait snapshots on a theme.

Embrace the selfie.

Featuring photography by: Louise Chow, Christopher Alan Slater, Kay Slater.

The self portrait, a portrait of an artist produced or created by that artist*, has a long and noble tradition. The selfie however is often associated with low art and derided for it’s casual and ephemeral nature. From duck face to selfie sticks, it is not a type of self-portrait that commands much respect. This makes it the perfect method by which we can practice our photography and creativity without the worry of being “a good photographer”.

This past November, a few members of our collective published the results from our Selfie Battle list of photo prompts. The only restrictions for this challenge are that participants be the focus of each shot, that each selfie be in some way connected to a prompt, and that the final snapshot be uploaded to social media using our collaborative hashtag.

Prompts for 2019 (5 more than last year):

  1. The future
  2. Drag
  3. Metalhead
  4. Underwater
  5. Going Up
  6. Hammer Time
  7. Toss Up
  8. Throw Down
  9. Fisticuffs
  10. Either Or
  11. Friendship is magic
  12. Working
  13. Sweat
  14. Obscured
  15. Game

Artists were encouraged to embrace all the elements and tools used to produce a series of selfies tagged with #GreatSelfieBattle2019. Photos were shared via social media (any channel was fine) with the understanding that The Papercut Arcade would collect and repost on their instagram channel to archive the event. The challenge remain closed for one more year as we figured out how we want to open the challenge to others and how to ultimately present this work going forward.

Collective members Kay Slater and Louise Chow have engaged in this challenge (of their own making) for the past two years. Check out #GreatSelfieBattle2018 and #GreatSelfieBattle2017 on instagram for previous years!

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CYOW #1

*Choose Your Own Way

Hungry: An Interactive Adventure Salon

Date: June 13th
Location: Artech, 336 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory
Featuring: K. Alix Anttila, Toren Atkinson, Louise Chow, Emile Koelhuis, Emily Papel, Kay Slater, Chris Slater, Lisa Smedman, TomoRobo, and Brendan Vance


Our inaugural group of ClubIF Jammers (now The Papercut Arcade) were an eclectic bunch of animators, artists, designers, musicians, programmers, and writers playing with the “Choose Your Own Adventure” concept around the chosen theme of “HUNGER”. Featuring the work of Alix AnttilaToren AtkinsonLouise ChowEmile KoelhuisEmily PapelKay SlaterChristopher Alan SlaterLisa SmedmanTomoRobo, and Brendan Vance.

We’re in the process of collecting and consolidating all of the event content onto the website. If you were one of our creators, please be sure to fill out and return the Google Form (sent via Facebook) so that we can feature your work on this website!

Check out some of the featured projects from our event:

Our application process for CYOW events was very informal. As long as folks adhered to basic rules of respect, were willing to label any content that might have been unsuitable for public consumption, and were willing to challenge themselves to produce work on theme with the event – you were welcome. The CYOW jam (which happened throughout November) involved conversation and sharing our our social media platforms. The final salon event showcased work that was produced and our collective members reserved the right to review and approve all materials presented at our public event.

Notes:

We tried to drive some donations on behalf of the GVFB (Greater Vancouver Food Bank). In fact, here’s the link to our donation page if you want to continue making contributions on our behalf!


The Papercut Arcade defines *artist as a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, photographer, painter, novelist, poet, or filmmaker. The keyword is practice; therefore, if you make art or produce work with the intent of participating in a The Papercut Arcade challenge or exhibition, you ARE an artist.

CYOA = > CYOW: We had previously called these events CYOA in honour of our childhood love of Choose Your Own Adventure Gamebooks. They shaped who we are now as people. However; one of the original authors has since formed a new company and formalized a trademark with which they are going after indie game designers and publishers. Rather than deal with any of that (but still keeping in the spirit of the choose your own narrative adventure games), we’ve renamed our narrative events CYOW or Choose Your Own Way.