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Presentation and conversation with Nonchalance

We're delighted to announce a presentation by Jeff Hull, Uriah Findley, Kat Meler, and the team of Nonchalance: storytellers from a less ordinary world.

Nonchalance is a situational design agency whose mission is to provoke discovery through visceral experience and pervasive play, interactive narrative, game design, augmented reality, automated environments, event production, installation art, spatial navigation and cultural curation.

http://vimeo.com/54624935

They are the creators of the Games of Nonchalance / The Jejune Institute, which has quite possibly set the high-water mark in crafted fictional universes embedded in the real world. It won Best World & Best Story at Indiecade 2010, and Best Alternate Reality (how cool that this is an award!?) in SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2010. It was the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Institute, now available on iTunes and Amazon.

Location: 
Go Game HQ 
400 Treat Ave, Suite F, between 17th and 18th streets. 

Livestream at ustream.tv/channel/adventure-design-group

Schedule:
- 6:30-7:15pm:
 Doors open. Socialize!
  Drinks provided by The Go Game, and food on-site. 
- 7:15-8pm: Presentation by Nonchalance
- 8-8:30pm: Q&A 
- 8:30-9:30pm: Mingle! 
- 9:30pm....: Drinks to follow at a nearby bar.

See you there!

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  • tyler h.

    That was one of the most wacked presentations i have seen in a moment. Hat s of to the Nonchalance crew for performing a theatrical presentation like they did. Till the next en'game'gment

    January 25, 2014

  • Shannon

    After last night's presentation, I felt about as artistic as a Sloppy Joe on a plate of petit fours. Thanks to Gabe & the Nonchalant crew for an evening to think on!

    January 23, 2014

    • Gabe

      NONSENSE -- if anything more like a smoking M16 on a plate of pastries; all of you should check out Jericho, it's like being Jason Bourne - http://www.meetup.com...­

      2 · January 23, 2014

  • dangermouse

    Seeing the film before was a big plus. The questions the film raised (in my mind) were addressed. I am glad they did not us tell any more than nessessary-I like the unknown elements here, I think they are essential. It's much more fun to have a part -but not to know "what" it is...or even "when" or "where"

    January 23, 2014

  • Allen

    Nonchalance's obsessive secrecy rendered the presentation nearly useless. With a little effort they could have described their creation process while still maintaining appropriate secrecy on the next content they're creating. Instead they chose to give a "taste" of their experience, including all its manufactured mystery. But this is the Adventure Design Group, not the Adventure Experience Group. They should have known their audience better and therefore focused on the design/creation process behind their creations.

    4 · January 22, 2014

    • Dana e.

      I thought they realized during the questioning the sincere desire for a different type of dialogue and adjusted. It was a good mix of communication styles, expressive, descriptive, and demonstrative, my friends and I liked it, but we're mostly game and other types of designers, not working adventure designers.

      3 · January 23, 2014

    • Sally

      I feel like I benefited. I don't think we necessarily asked the most productive questions, but they were sincere in answering them and clear about their boundaries. They shared their fundamental philosophy and some of their design criteria. Plus, making the event experiential is relevant for teaching if one believes in experiential learning as they do.

      2 · January 23, 2014

  • Uriah F.

    Thank you to everyone who came, and thank you to the Go Game for providing the space for such great space and group for events like this!

    3 · January 23, 2014

  • Spencer M.

    Hey guys, if any of you haven't seen it and would like to, the documentary can be found here:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-institute/id688569974

    2 · January 23, 2014

    • Rebecca S.

      I loved it. (Viewed it on Amazon last night when I got home.)

      January 23, 2014

  • Christi G.

    That gave me a lot to think about. Thanks for organizing as always Gabe!

    3 · January 23, 2014

  • Aicha

    I'm so glad I could make it! Very inspiring a UX designer like me. Nonchalance blows my mind.

    2 · January 23, 2014

  • Justin O.

    Though the presentation was more on the mysterious side and the secrecy of the group can be a bit frustrating for most of those who came out looking for a discussion, there was a great question posed that I think was perfect for this group. How can game creators find themselves as participants in their own projects? Especially since the Nonchalance projects are based on storytelling and clue finding, which I imagine both of these aspects are well known by the designers before they start the game… Anyway, the conversations after the presentation with other designers and even some of the presenters led to some great thoughts on this idea of world creation and curation which probably could have been an entire presentation on its own.

    6 · January 23, 2014

  • Daisy N.

    It was very fun :) I am glad I went.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Jason A.

    Awesome presentation by the crew of Nonchalance. Great theater, lots of clues worked into the presentation, and a general sense of fun that was infectious for the audience. Really looking forward to playing the game!

    3 · January 23, 2014

  • Ashleigh

    I wish I had known sooner :( sorry guys I'd be driving from the peninsula and wouldn't have made it in time. :(

    January 22, 2014

  • Gabe

    Yielding to our poorer judgment, we have extended the invitation to 180 willing souls. See you all soon!

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Eric A.

    My apologies a last minute schedule change will keep me from this event tonight. Please give my spot to someone else!

    January 22, 2014

    • Joe E.

      My date tonight, the honorable Brynne Weeks, would be delighted to have this spot.

      January 22, 2014

  • Gabe

    Hi all! This session will be livestreamed but NOT recorded: so make sure not to miss the stream at 7pm at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/adventure-design-group!

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Kells

      Awesome! Can't wait! Just because I'm stuck at work doesn't mean I actually have to DO work...

      January 22, 2014

    • Anselm H.

      great - cuz i am stuck in palo alto

      January 22, 2014

  • Daisy N.

    Down with the coins!

    January 22, 2014

  • Ashleigh

    This would be my first meetup, but I recently watched the documentary behind the jejune institute and was completely inspired by the alternate reality they created. I'm currently on the wait list and want to know the chances on being taken off. Any information on how this works would be great. Thanks all, I just joined meetup today! :)

    January 22, 2014

  • Efrain

    Curious to learn something new

    January 22, 2014

  • Curtis C. C.

    I suspect I know the answer, but I'll ask anyway: is there a possibility that this talk will be recorded and shared online? Thanks in advance!

    November 11, 2013

    • Gabe

      Livestream information will be shared on this meetup page day of. Likely on our UStream channel: http://www.ustream.tv...­

      2 · January 21, 2014

    • Curtis C. C.

      Thank you!

      January 22, 2014

  • Gabe

    Hi all! I'm pleased to share that we're able to expand the size of this session to 160. Bewarned that likely many people will be standing -- show up close to 6:30 if you'd like a shot at a seat.

    2 · January 15, 2014

  • Curtis C. C.

    Any details on the livestream setup yet? Thanks!

    January 13, 2014

  • Christi G.

    +1 to Kevin's question. I'd also like to know if this will be a performance piece by the group or a more earnest presentation/Q&A. Both can be enjoyable for sure, but I'm not personally interested in attempting to engage in conversation with this group and getting scripted non-responses again. Thanks as always for putting these together. The last one with Real Escape was so wonderful!

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Christi G.

      In response at Jason - I did ask a question at the Exploratorium! I think it was the 2nd though... or maybe the 3rd?

      November 12, 2013

    • Christi G.

      Thanks for the response Gabe -- much appreciated. Marking my calendar now!

      November 12, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    So…at the last two Q&As from Nonchalance, they simply used a script and gave non-answers to everything. It was funny and fit the theme of what they do and "what's real?" but also disappointing for actual adventure designers and enthusiasts.

    It's totally up to them if they choose to do this but would be great to know up front. Will this be an actual Q&A?

    2 · November 11, 2013

    • Gabe

      Response above!

      November 12, 2013

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