Meaningful play: Applying Zoosemiotics to game development

Building Something Out of Nothing (BSOON)

Building Something Out of Nothing (BSOON) addresses animal awareness through direct interaction with the environment. BSOON is an interactive game that is comprised of apparatuses that allow a person to physically create energy, store it, and allow it to be released. Energy in this sense should be taken literally from New Oxford American Dictionary as (1) the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity, (2) power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources, especially to provide light and heat or to work machines, and (3) in physics it is the property of matter and radiation that is manifest as a capacity to perform work (such as causing motion or the interaction of molecules) (NOAD 2005-2007 sub energy). The public interactive game/installation evolves around the question, “how can we build something out of nothing?” Since play is a developmental and natural process animals go through in one’s lifetime how can BSOON offer itself a role of being more playful in everyday life whilst raising awareness of ecological and social sustainability?

Reverting to the insertion of natural processes and the providing of seamless play frames leads us to the similar notion of having fun with air. Therefore, building something out of nothing bares the goal of pure enjoyment for enjoyment’s sake and as a part of daily routine. BSOON addresses animal awareness through direct interaction with the environment as it is a site-specific playground creatively constructed from the ethological approach to animal play studies.

BSOON is a playscape creatively constructed from the ethological approach to animal play studies as proposed by Gordon M. Burghardt and Robert Fagen, to name a couple.  BSOON is fit for everybody.

Understanding that we are animals will spread compassion to non-human animals.