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New Game Projects

Our former visiting professor Eric Zimmerman is part of two new projects: one about a secret library and one about waiting rooms.

Set in a future where books have been banned, “Losswords” is a social word game where you scramble and unscramble classic literature. Players take the role of underground literary outlaws, interacting with books like Moby Dick, Alice in Wonderland, and Pride and Prejudice from the Project Gutenberg website. It seems to be the first game to put a library’s worth of reading material inside the play experience.

“Waiting Rooms” is a new installation by Eric Zimmerman and Nathalie Pozzi (also former visiting professor) that will be presented as a work-in-progress and followed up by a post-event discussion with the audience and Psychologist Ben Michaelis at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York on two April evenings.
Visitors wander from room to room, interacting with each other inside a vast bureaucratic system that lies just beyond their understanding. An absurdist, abstract system in the form of a building-sized game.

16th April & 23rd April

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St.
New York, NY 10011

Furthermore, Eric Zimmerman and Nathalie Pozzi will present their game “Sixteen Tons”, where players bid on each others’ labor while dragging pieces around a life-sized gameboard, at the Public Art Fund Benefit.
As part of their annual benefit, The Public Art Fund is staging a special version of the game, with custom game pawns from Montreal design studio Dear Human.