Using simple models, Claudius Hausl explores mechanisms that open up spaces for action in the sense of a game and offer the possibility of connecting a large number of people interactively and thematically. He wants to replace the linear narrative and the passive consumption of art with an active playful experience.
The Game Over Society is an attempt to knit an analog network. Are you part of a game? Then wear your chain, it works as a communication platform, dating app, random generator, horoscope and so on, you design the possibilities.
Analog without data, without battery, without web only with you and us.
More about Claudius Hausl: www.gameoversociety.com
We visited Claudius Hausl in his beautiful home. Claudius is a graduate of UdK Berlin, master student of Fine Arts and developer of the game "Game Over Society" - the corresponding chain is available at UdK Laden. We talked about his studies at UdK Berlin, his freelance work as an educator and artist and some of his many ideas and their backgrounds.
Someday and somewhere you will probably meet other players* who wear this chain. You communicate or exchange information, spend a part of your life together. An analog, invisible network spins itself, whose open weave eludes the exploitation mechanisms of digital communication.
The product design follows the artistic idea of bringing thousands of people into play analogously and interactively with each other every step of the way. "Such a game only works when people feel like wearing the pendant around their neck or on their key ring, etc.". Regardless of the game concept, Claudius has designed various models for the "Game Over Society" game chain. Because he is aware that jewellery is such a thing. Not everyone wants to wear everything. In addition to the first wooden model with individual screen printing, we also sell a smaller and therefore more discreet piece in the UdK Laden. Anyone who wants to get to know the method and philosophy behind the Game Over Society better is cordially invited to come by the Brauhaus Neulich on 12 December 2019.
What comes first, symbol or cult? Jewellery or culture? In the case of Claudius Hausl, the symbol, respectively the jewellery. In two ways. At the end of his art studies, when he once again takes a look at his application portfolio for the UdK Berlin, he notices that a circle is closing. Part of the application portfolio were pieces of jewellery, among other things. However, he lacked a master's degree in fine arts and being a master student until his jewellery came to life. He won the President’s Fine Arts Award 2019 for his field research on the phenomenon of play. In a special way, he combines the artistic strategies of action art, performance, participation and sculpture with educational research and the creation of cultural free spaces.
game mechanisms and group dynamics
To bring people from the digital world back into the real, analogue world and to promote communication, interaction and creativity, Claudius uses the game as a model and method. It is about promoting creation and change in one's own environment. He also shows this in his new game idea: Kubetto - an analog Tetris. Of course, we tried it right away and played a round.