Welcome to the Deconstruction….unless you’ve participated before, then welcome back.
The Deconstruction is a deliriously fun 48 hour weekend collaboration held online, and in real life, from October 14-16. Each year a topic is assigned to our ingenious participants to explore. Over 48 hours they re-imagine the topic by creating something completely new with resources they already have. This year we are Deconstructing America.
The purpose of the project is to rethink an idea from America’s past, or explore an issue important in your community today. The ultimate goal is to have fun making a new creation. You’re bringing something into the world that did not exist 48 hours before! It can be a work of art, a performance, an invention. It can be fun, it can be serious, or it can be both!
The Deconstruction is a good ole fashion free non-partisan event that encourages working together. Our goal is to move beyond the political noise, bring people together and reintroduce us to America in a way we’ve never seen before.
-SOUNDS GREAT. HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?-
Step 1. Register at the link above. It’s FREE! Assemble a group of friends, family, collaborators, or conspirators. Deconstruction teams can be 1 or 100 people. Get your neighbors in on it, make it a big ole America block party.
Step 2: Find a place to work from October 14-16. Deconstruction takes place in real life and online. Use a basement or a backyard. You’ll need good internet to stream scheduled events throughout the weekend and upload your final project.
Step 3: On October 14 at 4PM PST / 7PM EST the Deconstruction goes live. Tune in to this website. We will announce a secret topic constraint, special guest appearances throughout the weekend and glorious glorious prizes.
Step 4: (the most important step): Collaborate and create with your team. Document your process. Participate in live checkins for your team and be inspired by others online.
Step 5: On October 16 the Deconstruction live-streams its finale! All teams, including you, are interviewed to show and tell what you created! What did not exist 48 hours before! Show the world your new creation and how you did it!
Step 6: Make and submit a final video of your project. This video is to celebrate and archive what you made, and most importantly how you did it. Details on submission will be given at the end of Deconstruction. We will also use it to award prizes in various categories. Note: It helps to assign someone on your team to be a designated documentarian during the weekend.
Is this event for me? Who can participate in The Deconstruction?
YOU! The event is open to anyone and everyone of all ages and backgrounds. Anyone, anywhere, can participate in The Deconstruction. You can do it…we believe in you.
Do I have to physically Make an object? Could I create a short film, a performance, a game, or an app?
ANYTHING GOES! The only criteria is that you create *something* that did not exist 48 hours before, and you can demonstrate it. Bring it on. In the past we’ve had propellor powered cars, Deconstructed musical albums, live performances, just about everything.
How serious should I take this? What’s on the line?
It’s as serious as you want it to be. This event is about jumpstarting innovation, bringing people together, and having fun. However, we are crowning winners in several categories, and there are some great prizes (because everything is better with prizes).
Who owns what I make? Do I have to sign away any IP rights?
You own everything you make, all copyrights, all intellectual property past, present, future, and in parallel universes..everything. The only thing we ask for is the ability to display and talk about it. We make no claims to what you create.
What are the rules?
- This is an event about exploring the concepts of remix, invention, and re-invention. Use as many existing resources and ideas as possible.
- This project is not about endorsing a candidate, or bashing a candidate. There’s plenty of that out there. Also, it’s all low hanging fruit. We’re about creating a dialog about what you feel is important, and why. Keep it constructive.
- Document everything. Everyone wants to see your process. Also it makes it easier for others to collaborate with you (part of judging is based on documentation).
- Your final entry has to actually be made during the competition.
- Submit a final video
- Don’t get hurt or arrested.
Who’s behind this event? Is this some sort of secret government ploy?
The Deconstruction is an independent experimental “game for change”. It is a not-for-profit event with no ulterior motives other than providing a platform where people around America can connect with each other, and share ideas in a positive way Our only goal is to make America awesomer-er.
Our belief is that great new ideas many times are not manifested through unlimited means and resources…they are pieced together using found material, collaboration, and by rethinking what’s right in front of you. We are producing this event because it’s a concept we deeply believe in.
For general information about the event please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org