Merel Smitt
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How To Start A Movement – The Role Playing Game


HOW TO START A MOVEMENT (RPG) is a Role Playing Game that was re-enacted multiple times in the restaurant of an contemporary art museum. A group of 15 participants would each pick an envelope with a role and some instructions. Together they would question and disrupt the script and rules present in this space. 

about how to start a movement

HOW TO START A MOVEMENT is a series of interventions and mis- sions in which different individuals get the opportunity to explore, question and disrupt the protocols, dynamics and rules of (semi) public spaces, institutions and venues. The missions consist of instructions you receive and execute together or individually. You can receive these instructions through printed cards, digital channels, verbally and so on. Some of the missions are role playing games with specific roles and instructions, others are workshops, multi-interpretable assignments or instructions you can do on your own whenever you feel the need to raise your voice or respond to the harsh reality. With some you need to be physically present, others you can do from your home using the internet, your telephone or non-electronic mail. By creating different types of missions with different threshold levels it is possible for everybody to join the movement at some point to take back their power, claim their voice, and empower themselves by setting some- thing in motion.

HOW TO START A MOVEMENT began in september 2018 and has welcomed 100 participants since. When joining the movement, participants engage with everyday life in a different way. They explore, in an intimate yet collective way, the dynamics and rules that we produce, follow and maintain on a personal, political and societal level. 





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