September 11, 2015

Picnic & Pop-Up Play

Games, food, and foam! What more could you ask for? To celebrate the sense of creativity and community that comes from playfulness, we’re hosting a Community Picnic & Pop-Up Game Day on September 12, 2015 from 1 – 4 pm.

Join us on the lawn and in the galleries for an afternoon of play and picnic food with games designed by students from MICA’s Interactive Arts Department, and see an interactive performance by Scott Pennington, and meet the artists of of PLAY: Tinker, Tech, & Toy!

Nine students from MICA’s Interactive Game Department will showcase their original game designs and invite picnickers to challenge themselves and each other. Read below for a quick preview of the games you’ll get to play tomorrow!

Dre Brozak, Jacob Nemec, & Ash Turner  

High  Seas, High Stakes | All Ages

Compete in High Seas, High Stakes, an interactive team challenge of various ship and sea-themed mini-games.

'Mister Mart' Screen capture
‘Mister Mart’ Screen capture

Karen Chang & Cole Pritchard Mister Mart | All Ages

Use the Leap Motion controller and the Oculus Rift to enter the world of Mister Mart, a virtual reality game where you take on the role of a customer service representative at a bad grocery store.

'Circles' Screen capture
‘Circles’ Screen capture


Karen Chang & Cole Pritchard Circles | All Ages

Gather a team and challenge the Android Tablet in Circles, a live-action social game that will leave you tangled.


Mateo Marquez, Public Fantasies
Mateo Marquez, Public Fantasies

Mateo Marquez | Public Fantasies | All Ages

Create your own audio-visual adventure in Public Fantasies, an interactive installation using custom-built controllers.


James Jower, Hannah Schwartzkopf, & Oliver Griffiths 

We Are All the Killers | Ages 16 +

Test your improve skills in We Are All the Killers, a high stakes ad-libbing game of socializing, collusion, and murder.

Scott's Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident is a performance/installation originally created for Artscape in July 2010
Scott’s Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident is a performance/installation originally created for Artscape in July 2010

Scott Pennington | Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident

Help clean up the ‘industrial waste’ (bubbles) of Scott Pennington’s Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident, a participatory performance that will leave you and your friends ‘radioactive’ (clean).

Performances at 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, & 3:15 pm.

Summer’s not over yet, so bring your blanket, basket, and friends for an interactive picnic at AAC!
You’ll find us on the front and side lawns from 1 – 4 pm. If it rains, we’ll have an equally fun and PLAYful picnic in the Tiffany Gallery and on the Lower Level. 
AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd, we have a small parking lot and residential parking around the building, but we’re also just a three-minute walk from the Virginia Square Metro station.
This event is sponsored in part by Relay Foods and Corporate Apartment Specialists.


Relay Foods


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