The Deconstruction is a live-streamed global event and game about re-thinking objects and ideas. The goal is to make the world a slightly better (or, at least, slightly more interesting) place over the course of 48 hours. Participants are challenged to use the resources they have readily available and as little money possible. This un-competition is open to anyone, anywhere, of any age and skill level.
WHEN: November 14-16, 2014
HOW: Participants can register beginning October 16th at 9AM pst. Those interested in watching the live feed and collaborating with participants can watch the broadcast starting at 6PM PST on November 14 by visiting www.thedeconstruction.org.
WHY: To make the world awesomer-er
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Teams participating in the Deconstruction decide on an issue or concept in their lives or the world they want to rethink, either alone or in teams. Concepts can be personal or global, physical or conceptual, serious or hilarious.
Then, starting at 6 p.m. PST on Friday, November 14, the teams begin to look at, take apart, get underneath, remix, and otherwise re-imagine their chosen concept in the method they choose – whether it’s by building something, taking something apart, creating a piece of art, inventing a program or policy, staging a guerrilla public performance, making a video… but when the clock strikes 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, November 16, it’s pencils down for all teams – and the un-award ceremony begins.
Also during the event, participants from around the world live-stream their process and collaborate with each other through the Deconstruction website. Meanwhile, the host team, based out of the Omni Commons in Oakland, CA curates a news-style broadcast that includes interviews with participating teams and presentations/performances by interesting folks who embody The Deconstruction spirit.
2013 EVENT RECAP
The 2013 Deconstruction was a massive global success, with more than 50 teams participating in 6 continents and more than 10 countries with an array of highly celebrated projects, including:
TEAM “LES SUGUS”- LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Deconstruct: Digital Rights- Rethinking the concept of digital rights management with ”The DRM Chair”.
TEAM “CARROTS OF PATAGONIA” – LYON, FRANCE
Deconstruct: Photosynthesis- A Rube Goldberg created by students re-imagining the life of plants.
TEAM “BOZO NIGHTMARE”- LOS ANGELES, CA USA
Deconstruct: Music- An experimental full album created using remixed musical genres with band members playing, participating, and contributing around the world.
TEAM “NORTH STREET LABS”- PORTSMOUTH, VA USA
Deconstruct: Transportation- An ultra efficient propeller powered vehicle so awesome that even the police will want to hang out with you
TEAM “LI4E/ URBAN CONGA”- TAMPA, FL
A participatory public art project created by thousands of students deconstructing and repurposing antiquated technology.
ABOUT THE DECONSTRUCTION
The Deconstruction is not-for-profit initiative for global good and awesomenesss. It is a non-branded event with the sole purpose of empowering people around the world to think, rethink, collaborate, and have fun.
ABOUT THE OMNI OAKLAND COMMONS
The Omni Oakland Commons is a collective space to share and create. It is a diverse collective of collectives that came together to steward a beautiful community center for all of Oakland and the East Bay. Several of the founding member groups include Food Not Bombs, OMNIdance, Sudo Room, Counter Culture Labs, The Bay Area Public School, Backspace Wellness, and Timeless, Infinite Light. Omni and its groups value radical commoning of space and resources, liberation of knowledge, and transformative justice. Their collective vision is equitable meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.