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Revision as of 16:58, 2 April 2011

For El Ranchito at the Matadero in Madrid, and in collaboration with Intermediae, we propose a participatory curatorial project The Hunt: open season.
Ideally for a weekend in September/October 2011

What is a The Hunt?

The Hunt: open season is an interactive and participatory curatorial format we have been developing. The Hunt engages individuals and groups in a collective activity over a specified time-period to search, collect and exhibit artefacts, suggested by a curated list of predetermined items. We imagine teams streaming-out across the city, gathering hundreds of items in most creative manner. Items on the list are awarded values (or points) to indicate their degree of difficulty or scarcity to acquire. The individual or team that accrues the most points wins The Hunt and the grand prize.

The Hunt is a truly participatory, exhilarating and fun exhibitionary project.

We have re-purposed the Scavenger Hunt format, which is best described by Wikipedia — Scavenger hunt:

A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using this list participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list. The goal is usually to be the first to complete the list, although in a variation on the game players can also be challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner.

We imagine a curated list of artefacts that can be found throughout the city of Madrid to be the foundation of The Hunt. The Hunt is a project of reading and mapping the city, a means of curating a distributed exhibition, and then collectively displaying those readings.

The Hunt format has the potential to engage participants of different ages, cultures, professions and languages, with neighbors of the Matadero, art students and cultural professionals. Critical Practice has conducted several trial Hunts in London, and Suffolk. The first small trial Hunt in London consisted of individuals assembled through ('flash-mob' digital distribution) – What do you mean by this Neil?, and using digital cameras/phones they searched and collected specified items. These were subsequently uploaded onto our website.

Why The Hunt at El Ranchito in Madrid?

We propose The Hunt format as we feel it has the potential to fulfill many of the stated aims of El Ranchito:
El Ranchito aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Facilitate dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience among local and international artistic agents.
  2. Be a place of work, reflection, sharing and a meeting point for artistic agents of the city.
  3. Use the institution as a sound board for non-commercial artists, creative projects and processes of the city of Madrid, experimenting with a collective and participatory methodology since the preparation of the project until its final phase.
  4. Create links, through a project, between the various institutions involved in Matadero, Madrid.

Some Practicalities

  • The Hunt benefits from:
  1. Advanced publicity and networking.
  2. Clear and inventive curatorial list.
  3. Empowering people with incentives.
  4. Creating the ownership of Matadero's cultural programme and its newly developed infrastructure.
  • The Grand Prize:

Hunts often operate on the premise of incentives. Incentives increase an interest for participation and consequently create more creative results. Instead of offering an economic incentive (they are the standard incentives in our society), we thought we should empower people by rewarding them with pride. The grand prize for The Hunt's wining team would be to name the Building 16 at Matadero after team's name (or equivalent).

  • Infrastructure and other needs for realisation:
  1. Building 16: for a weekend and several days beforehand and afterwords.
  2. Facilitators: they can be art, curating or humanities students and/or cultural professionals interested in working with participatory projects.
  3. Publicity.
  4. Budget
  • Timeline plan and further focused research:
  1. We anticipate one or two more intense research trips for 3-4 Critical Practice members between now and proposed autumn project: The Hunt: Open season.



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Comments:


Terminology issue:

Scavenger Hunt:

A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually without purchasing them — or perform tasks or take photographs of the items, as specified. The goal is usually to be the first to complete the list, although in a variation on the game players can also be challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner. More on Scavenger Hunt.

Treasure Hunt:

A treasure hunt is one of many different types of games which can have one or more players who try to find hidden articles, locations or places by using a series of clues. This is a fictional activity; treasure hunting can also be a real life activity. Treasure hunt games may be an indoor or outdoor activity. Outdoors they can be played in a garden or the treasure could be located anywhere around the world. More on Treasure Hunt.


Metod 2. 4. 11

I think what we are doing with our hunts is not a treasure hunt as we are not hiding (or are going to hide) the items prior the hunt, we are merely asking participating parties to search and find them in the urban-scape. So this, in my opinion, is much closer to a scavenger hunt. I also understand the term "scavenger" implies a negative connotation, but that is essentially what we are proposing to do either in Suffok or Madrid. In contributing to the Hunt Proposal I have come up with "The Hunt: Open season" title. But, there may be better more creative, imaginative and fun ways in describing our format and proposed initiatives. I suggest to use neither of the terms scavenger nor treasure. I think we can do better in creative titling and need not use terms that may seed participants with a rigid idea or limit our activity.