For El Ranchito at the Matadero in Madrid, and in collaboration with Intermediae, we propose a participatory curatorial project The Hunt: open season.
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:
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:
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).
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.
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
Sharon 2.4.11I agree that "scavenger" sounds abit negative or grubby but I don't think that "treasure hunt" is quite right because we are not leaving clues. We could say "Photo Trail" but we are not necessarily hunting only for photographs. We are having a creative collection or gathering of items. Could we build on those themes?