• 14th-16th September: three days of games and play on London’s South Bank
  • 17th September: "Playing In Public", the Hide&Seek Weekender Conference

Close Ties

815 Agency and Gareth Briggs

Close Ties is a suite of games of cooperation, teamwork and creative cunning. Players work together to retrieve ribbons from a canopy that hangs from the ceiling, using them to form a chain of people and ribbons across the floor without losing contact with their home base. Originally designed to be played under the branches of a tree, it has been adapted for the Weekender to be played indoors. It is suitable for almost any number of players, from a minimum four to as many can physically fit in the game space. A game takes about ten minutes to play.

815 Agency is a design and engagement practice seeking to explore and delight in architecture, playfulness and the city. In the spirit of Cedric Price, the agency is interested in the idea that building isn't always the solution to a client's problem. It sees designing, playing and making as part of an ongoing body of research which continues to surprise and delight both ourselves and increasingly others.

The Agency focuses on ideas of narrative, ritual, spectacle, collectivity and play as over-arching themes. Our current interests place our approach in unexpected places, by being provocative in our questions and without a precise one-size-fits-all answer we hope to create a larger narrative which questions the ways in which space is socially perceived.

Recent projects include a giant pass the parcel on London's South Bank; DenCity, a traveling den-making event; The Productive Landscape, an outdoor chip factory in an unloved corner of the Tate Britain’s car park; and The Poetry Takeaway, a mobile poetry dispensary. http://815agency.com

Gareth's first game was a version of Monopoly set in space, substituting Pluto for Park Lane. He never stopped, especially when he discovered some people make a living doing this. He is obsessed by human form and motion, and draws inspiration from dance, sport, and the interaction of simple physical systems. http://garethbriggs.wordpress.com

Sunday 16th September

1:00pm-1:30pm, 2:00pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-3:30pm, 4:00pm-4:30pm