Energy Battlefield

New Order 3/5: Femke Herregraven & Chris Lee

24 mrt 2012
1 jul 2012

During the third New Order exhibition, a battle for a new social order is in your hands. Graphic designers Femke Herregraven and Chris Lee developed a life sized, real-time board game evolving around the topic of energy trading. The game can be played and navigated by the visitors of the exhibition. How will your future play out?


<strong>Living</strong> <strong>boardgame</strong> - At the opening of Energy Battlefield Simone Schoutens

Hyper-butter, Mana-batteries - a life-size board game, near-future utopia

In response to the theme of New Order, designers Femke Herregraven and Chris Lee aim to model and catalyze reflection on possible conflicts that emerge when the global competition for limite energy resourses becomes a non-issue. Through this game, four teams of players explore the politics and economics of the 'New Order' energy abundance by taking on the role of either The Democratic Federation, New Iceland, Mercenary Corporation or P2P Mob. Each of these teams represent a conflicting modus operandi and approaches to energy abundance, which are represented through the mechanics of the game.


Yellow Flag - At the opening of Energy Battlefield Simone Schoutens

The Artists

Chris Lee (CA/NL) is a graphic designer who works with the issue of currencies and money in the context of political economy. He has been involved with a number of publications and studios: Casco, Metahaven, C Magazine, Scapegoat Magazine, Van Abbe Museum and Time/Bank amongst others.

Femke Herregraven (NL) is a graphic designer. In her work she performs almost journalistic research on topics that touch upon the most sensitive spots of contemporary civil society and its geo-politics: food and military security, urban and digital privacy, financial flows. She then re-packages her findings into compelling scenarios and visual narratives, proposing different sides of truth and critical visions on our reality. Her projects and partners include Kunst Reserve Bank, Metahaven and Sonic Acts festival.

New Order Series

New Order explores a world in which energy has become a fundamental principle of our society. Five consecutive solo shows feature new works by Dutch and international artists, designers and architects, each responding to various elements of society - such as politics, economy, health, food and experience - which together combine to outline a complete future world. Click here to read more about New Order.

More Information

A game will take approximately 1,5 hours. You can team up with your friends or join a team on the spot. The game will still be on view as an installation till July 1. Opening times: Monday till Friday from 13.00 till 18.00. Saturday and Sunday from 14.00 till 18.00. Entrance fee is 5,- for a passe-partout for all New Order shows. The three other New Order installations, Meet Your Energy Avatar, Mind Igloo, and Radiant Beach are also still on view at Mediamatic FABRIEK, situated on the Oostenburgereiland. Visit this page for directions. Opening hours are during the weekends from 2pm till 6pm.

New Order is made possible by Mondriaan Stichting, Ministerie van OCW, Gemeente Amsterdam, SNS Reaal Fonds and Stadgenoot.