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POIETIC GENERATOR
Massively multiplayer and extremely serious game
by OlivierAuber

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It is about raising money for some talented developers in order to make a massively multiplayer and very serious game, that everyone can use for free, on their mobiles and on the Internet. Why is it so serious ? Because this game is free and because it allows every gamer to understand, without complex words or theories, how "social networks" and other things work.

In fact, behind the strange name of “Poietic Generator” (PG). there is a collective and very rich social experience for children from 7 to 77 years old. The Poietic Generator simply offers to many participants to draw in real time on the same picture. But not anyhow : the PG minimum rules allows gradually the auto-organisation of a global drawing with tens or 100 hundreds participants, as already shown in earlier experiments... since 1986 (Yes you have really well read : 1986, the GP idea is an "old" one! Precisely, it’s a pioneering creation of the "Net Art", cf. this article from the technology review, MIT, 03 2008.
Thanks to you, we will maybe see thousands of people creating on the same image... which could be projected in June, somewhere in Paris, during the event “Futur en Seine” (the digital city’s feast), if it’s alright and provided that the event’s organizers make it possible !
You can test the GP’s current version here

As a action-research, the PG is a kind of model of "social networks" that we all practise more and more on Facebook, Twitter for example... but it’s different because, firstly it has no commercial goal, and secondly because it makes visible how "social networks" are running! That’s why the GP is the basis of a long-life action-research, which is, in the same time, an artistic and a scientific experience. You can preview that point here

How the raised money will be used ? What will be the next steps of this project ? In the very next first time, me and a group of developers-friends will make the basis of the mobile software. which means a server and a universal HTML5 interface : it will be compatible with the web, Iphone and Android, etc. Thanks to you, the created softwares will be published on a platform of collective developments like github in order to develop the next evolutions with all interested people, especially in the area of P2P, Mesh networks, etc. Links with other projects in the same spirit (freedombox, telehash.etc...) could be forged there.
You can get the java and C++ code of the current version on the bottom of this page.

As a permanent space of autonomy, the project is being developed under the "Free-Art licence" (compatible with CC-by-sa). So not only anyone may participate but also everybody can freely make a copy, can distribute or transform the work (images and software) in the total respect with the author's rights. For example, anyone can use the picture as they want, for studying, or projecting it at home or in a city, but nobody can’t be the exclusive owner, not even us... Finally, you will understand that the PG tries to test the conditions of existence of a "concrete utopia" : a free code and a free image on a free network.

NOTE: For those interested, the generator Poietic, being an art work, gifts are considered as a sponsorship and may open some tax deductions under the terms of the law. When you think about it, it is totally fair because it is public art, and not speculative art for Sotheby's ...

OlivierAuber is a normal guy, father who generally does what he can.
My CV does not really matter, but for those interested, it’s here.


Your participation is 1 € or more, receive in return:

ABSOLUTELY ALL in respect of the Free Art License, because as we already said, it is a serious game, not a gadget to infantilize the population. Of course, you will be kept informed of further progress of the project and invited to test early versions on your mobile.

Your participation is 10 € or more, receive in return:

ABSOLUTELY ALL TOO in respect of the License, because the money is not the most important thing in life. Like all sponsors of the project, you will be able to beta-test the application and you will be asked to give your improvements suggestions.

Your participation is 100 € or more, receive in return:

EXACTLY THE SAME THING AS THE OTHER under the same conditions, when you think about it, 100 € is nothing ;-) Furthermore, during a meeting with all of our sponsors that we will organize, you could make paper printouts of the image and dedicate them yourself, because you are the artist!

Your participation is 1000 € or more, receive in return:

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING BUT NOTHING MORE...who can give this amount of money is lucky enough ;-) If you wish, your name could appear in the source code and on the project’s website. It is possible that the first participants of the experiences decide to honor you by drawing together your portrait, but nothing is guaranteed!

(Translation by Florence Meichel THX !)