Mufti Games are converting a communal bin into an interactive, playable ‘binstallation’
Mufti Games have been looking into fly tipping and anti-social waste. So widespread (and so normal) that it’s easy to ignore, fly tipping is an issue just around any street corner that affects us all, but is more often than not, somebody else’s problem.
But waste doesn’t just make and dump itself, and doesn’t just vanish either. Does it?
We are going to use the power of games to draw attention to one of our big problems in Bristol: our waste on our streets. We are TALKING ABOUT, INVENTING, and PLAYING games to see our streets in a different way, changing them from a place we accept as a dump, to a place where we belong and that we own; a place to keep clean, tidy and safe for everyone to enjoy.
Mufti Games are currently converting a large communal bin into a playable games station and are going to tour it around fly tipping hot spots in Easton, Lawrence Hill and Ashley on the weekend of 3rd and 4th October. Transforma-Bin will be available afterwards as a resource for schools and community groups.
Bristol’s communal bins have come up time and time again in our research into fly tipping and anti-social waste. They seem almost emblematic of a cycle where by solving one problem, you cause another. We’re also really interested in how something communal can become a problem for the community, how something for everyone becomes a big problem hiding in plain sight. We want to draw attention to this, by turning something unloved, abused and ignored, into a fun, gathering place that brings people together to play a game that encourages us to see our neighbourhoods and our waste in a different way.
On 3rd October Transforma-Bin will tour our neighbourhoods
11am-1pm: Barton Hill Urban Park and surrounding area
3-5pm: St Pauls Family centre and surrounding area
12-5pm: Baggator Young Peoples Centre, All Hallows Rd Easton BS5 0HH
Do you run a community group, building, or organisation that can give a bin a home? Get in touch if you would like to host our playable bin as an interactive resource for your members/pupils etc. for a period of time from October onwards.
We spent a week working with young people at Baggator Young Peoples Project and in the schools, parks and streets of Easton. We invented and built games with a flytipping aesthetic. We then shared the games we made in a ‘Flytip Funfair’ at Make Sunday Special on Stapleton Rd.
Creating is about solving problems and through working together, we make a positive impact in the world. By making games instead of a mess we can all see our streets in a different way.
The games you make will help us invent our own big game to end the project.
The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Rd, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0HH
Mufti Games want to know about games you play and games you used to play on the streets, wherever you call (or called) home. Your memories and stories will be used in later stages of the project.
This is a key part of our research. We all play or remember playing games. Talking about this is a great way in to talk about many of the issues affecting our neighbourhoods: how do we think about the places we live in? How do we relate to each other? What makes a place feel like ‘ours’?
Come and talk to Mufti Games at an event in Easton, Ashley or Lawrence Hill over the Summer. We’ll let you know where we’re going to be on our Blog, twitter feed @muftigames and facebook page, or get in touch via social media, or email email@example.com: where and what games did you used to play? How did you play? What were the rules? And most importantly, how did you win!? You can listen to some of the conversations we’ve already had here.
Are you part of a club or a social group? Get in touch if you’d like us to come and speak with you and your members about games and play.