Investment Zone is a reality game, experiment and participatory art work, which took place April – October 2014 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and Bangalore, India.
In Bangalore the game zone was located under the KH Double Road flyover, one of the noisiest places in the city.
In Gelsenkirchen the game zone was located at Schalker Verein – the site of a former steel factory. Despite several urban planning proposals and interest from the city officials to develop the area into a new vibrant quarter of Gelsenkirchen, the land, to date, has ceased to attract the necessary private investment and has stood relatively empty for several years.
10 locals in both cities committed to a half a year game-like process.
Bangalore: Vivek Chockalingam, Ria Rajan, Rebana John, Nikhil Narendra, Neha Mehta, Kamya Ramachandran, Kadambari Misra, Jackson Porretta, Avril Stormy Unger, Arzu Mistry, Shaona Sen Game Master: Archana Prasad
Gelsenkirchen: Marino Bakoulis, Cynthia Browne, Carina Duchale, Thomas Frank, Lars W. Gieskes, Lasse Gieskes, Connie Mealing, Florian Mealing, Roman Pilgrim Guest Players: Valid Hassan, Irwan Ahmett und Tita Salina Game master: Angelina Duchale
In the bi-weekly game meetings the players receive (25 EUR / 50 EUR) each to invest into the game zone during the next two weeks.
The game moves, which players realize with the help of the game money, can be anything from poetic gestures to urban planning approach. They can team up or act on their own.
There are fixed rules for the game (red rules) and changeable rules (green rules). At any game meeting a player can suggest a change to the green rules.
The game can be followed at www.investmentzone.info
The project was part of Archipel Invest. It was commissioned by KunstRepublik. It was produced by Urbane Künste Ruhr, a division of Kultur Ruhr GmbH. The Bangalore -part of the project is organised by Jaaga.