Tiny Games at the Southbank

15 August 2011 | 5 comments

This is a tiny game that we made:

It’s one of ten tiny games that have been stuck to the ground around the Southbank. It’s two sentences long. Part of the reason it’s so short is that it’s site-specific: designed to be played on a piece of ground with big square pavers, like the space you can see here near the Hayward Gallery. When the playing field is right in front of you, the rules can be a little more succinct.

This is another tiny game:

And this is another one:

The games don’t need any equipment, or preparation; you just need to find them, and read them, and try them out.

We spent a day wandering around the site, looking at all the stuff, all the places to run or jump or peer, and this is what came out of it: these three-line invitations to play, turned by the Southbank into these lovely half-hidden vinyls, fixed to the actual architecture of the site until 4 September.

I’m so excited about this project – I’ve rarely been as pleased by anything as I was by walking along the riverside on Friday, looking up to a balcony above, and seeing a family playing People Poohsticks. I’m not going to tell you any of the rules, though (you can have two more titles: Chessy Chase and I’m, like, obsessed with lemon muffins). If you want to play, you’ll have to go to the Southbank and find them.

5 comments on this post.

  • On 15 Aug 2011, John Sietsma said:

    That sounds like a really fun project!

    I’d love to know more about how these games are played and how they use the features of the space. Unfortunately they don’t run buses from Melbourne, Australia to Southbank anymore. So I wont be able to check it out in person. Are you going to post and videos, photos or descriptions?

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    Trackback: Seeking Teeny Tiny Games: a shy girl’s saviour « Clairey Ross on 19 Aug 2011

    [...] night I went on the hunt for Hide and Seek’s tiny games at the Southbank.  Hide and Seek are a game design studio that focus on ‘inventing new kinds of play’.   [...]

  • On 16 Aug 2011, Holly said:

    Thanks! We’ll put more detail and probably some rulesets up once the games have been taken down, some time after 4 September. (To be honest, give it a week or so and legible pictures of some of ‘em will probably turn up on Flickr as well, but official rulesets will wait a bit longer.)

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    Trackback: Seeking Teeny Tiny Games: a shy girl’s saviour « Clairey Ross on 19 Aug 2011

    [...] night I went on the hunt for Hide and Seek’s tiny games at the Southbank.  Hide and Seek are a game design studio that focus on ‘inventing new kinds of play’.   [...]

  • On 18 Aug 2011, Tev said:

    want to play! not in london :(

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    Trackback: Seeking Teeny Tiny Games: a shy girl’s saviour « Clairey Ross on 19 Aug 2011

    [...] night I went on the hunt for Hide and Seek’s tiny games at the Southbank.  Hide and Seek are a game design studio that focus on ‘inventing new kinds of play’.   [...]

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    Trackback: Seeking Teeny Tiny Games: a shy girl’s saviour « Clairey Ross on 19 Aug 2011

    [...] night I went on the hunt for Hide and Seek’s tiny games at the Southbank.  Hide and Seek are a game design studio that focus on ‘inventing new kinds of play’.   [...]

  • On 23 Aug 2011, matthew said:

    damn! I am going to miss them!

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    Trackback: Seeking Teeny Tiny Games: a shy girl’s saviour « Clairey Ross on 19 Aug 2011

    [...] night I went on the hunt for Hide and Seek’s tiny games at the Southbank.  Hide and Seek are a game design studio that focus on ‘inventing new kinds of play’.   [...]

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