17 July

House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe

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House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe

We are empassioned and inspired by immersive, experiential experiences and endeavour (we also like alliteration) to embed interactivity into the work we do, in whatever form it takes. The House of Eternal Return installation, created by the Meow Wolf Collective in Santa Fe looks to be right up our alley.  We would love to involved […]

6 October

Literary Geocaching

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Literary Geocaching

Location-based storytelling – bringing storytelling into the real world.  This is a great article exploring a range of experiments in shifting beyond the page and bringing storytelling into physical spaces, using both analogue and digital techniques. Interactive and immersive narrative has been a fascination of ours for years, and we think it’s probably about time […]

26 August

The Art Hunters

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The Art Hunters

Art Hunters Online is a great example of using games and play as an engagement tool – in this case to encourage interaction with the Springfield Art Museum.  By incorporating an online medium they were able to reach out and involve a diverse range of ‘viewers’ and participants.  

18 August

Building with Bamboo

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Building with Bamboo

An inspirational and gorgeous illustration of how to use natural methods and materials to build art with a function.

6 August

Indoor Forts for Adults

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Indoor Forts for Adults

Need some more inspiration for how to get more play into the workplace?  Check out these indoor forts for adults as a good place to start !

28 July

Blast Theory

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Blast Theory

Using city-wide games to research, promote and test technology – brilliant!  Check out this great article about the process UK-based group Blast Theory went through to bring their ‘Ill Hide You’ performance to the streets of Sheffield.  Want to see bizarrely clad people running around the streets of Auckland?  We do!

12 July

CoLab Theatre

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CoLab Theatre

Immersive, narrative theatre, augmented reality and geolocation – a great interview with Bernie Watkins, director of UK-based CoLab Theatre.  We are always excited at the prospects of transmedia projects and blurring the lines between audience and actors.  

1 July

Board games for developing real-life skills

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Board games for developing real-life skills

As advocates for using games and play for learning and development, we agree wholeheartedly with this Lifehacker article on board games that help develop valuable real-life skills.  The pure social skills developed through playing face-to-face board games is invaluable, but as the range of styles of modern board games develop, so do the avenues for […]

10 May

Flow, the secret to happiness

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Flow, the secret to happiness

Flow is the state created when the difficulty of the challenge and your skill level are just right.  That state where you’re in the zone, thriving, smashing it, or however you want to describe it.  This is of particular interest to us at The Open Fort as it is a breeding ground for creativity and […]

26 April

Harnessing Stress Energy

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Harnessing Stress Energy

We are big fans of Kelly McGonigal!  This TED Talk of hers is a different take that on the typical view of stress.  It highlights the importance of mental training and attitude shift as a way of harnessing stress energy.  At The Open Fort we think there are creative and productive ways of approaching stressful […]