Last updated: 2019-05-21

KIDS Press Kit

Info

Overview

KIDS is a game of crowds. The project consists of a short film, an interactive animation and an art installation.

Web

Description

KIDS is the second collaboration of filmmaker Michael Frei and game designer Mario von Rickenbach after their project Plug & Play. The project is co-produced by Playables, SRG SSR and Arte. The game is published in collaboration with Double Fine Presents for mobile devices and computers.

Contacts

Formats

Game

Film

Installation

Game

Specs

  • Release Date: 2019-05-28
  • Developer: Playables
  • Publisher: Double Fine Presents
  • Play time: 15-30 minutes
  • Price: $ 2.99

Teaser Game

GIFs

Awards & Recognition

Day Of The Devs

«Official Selection»
Day Of The Devs 2018

IGF Finalist

«Nuovo Award Finalist»
IGF 2018

Now Play This

«Official Selection»
Now Play This 2018

Film

Specs

  • World Premiere: 2019-02-10 (Berlinale)
  • Duration Film: 9 minutes
  • Film Festival Distribution: Some Shorts
  • Film Sales: Interfilm

Synopsis

An animated short exploring group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal? Who is steering the crowd? What if it is heading in the wrong direction? Where does the individual end and the group begin? What is done by choice, and what under duress?

Film Excerpts

Film Stills

Festival Selections

Installation

Description

The installation is divided into three parts: interactive scenarios, an installation of up to 50 puppets and a presentation of the production process. The setup is easily adaptable to different settings in museums, galleries or at events.

Exhibition Trailer MuDA

Debut

The installation premiered at the Museum of Digital Arts (MuDA) in Zürich, Switzerland in February 2018.

MuDA.co/KIDS

Exhibition Photos

@ MuDA Zurich

@ MuDA Zurich

@ MuDA Zurich

@ ICC Tokyo

@ Flatpack Birmingham

@ Kein Museum Zurich

@ Fantoche Baden

@ Shed Frauenfeld

@ Somerset House London

Reviews (German)

Ein aufwändiger Beta-Test
Hochparterre Magazine

Exhibitions

  • 3daysofdesign, Copenhagen DK, 23. May - 25. May 2019
  • Kein Museum, Zürich CH, 10. May - 12. May 2019
  • Flatpack Festival, Birmingham GB, 30. April - 5. May 2019
  • NTT InterCommunication Center ICC, Tokyo JP, 15. December 2018 - 10. March 2019
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana SI, 27. November – 9. December 2018
  • Fantoche, Baden CH, 5. September - 9. September 2018
  • Museum of Digital Art, Zürich, 3. February - 4. March 2018 (Debut)

Behind the Scenes

Concept

The characters in a crowd behave much like matter: They attract and repel, lead and follow, grow and shrink, align and separate. KIDS are purely defined by how they relate to one other - without showing any distinguishable features.

Technique

KIDS was made using traditional 2D hand-drawn line animation in black and white. The animation was assembled, composited and choreographed using a game engine with a custom-made animation system in conjunction with physics simulations.

KIDS Developer's Cut (Excerpt)

Team

Michael Frei

Michael Frei is a swiss filmmaker and artist. His Films Not About Us and Plug & Play received numerous awards all over the world.

www.michaelfrei.io

Mario von Rickenbach

Mario von Rickenbach is a swiss game designer and developer. His award-winning works include the games Mirage, Krautscape, Drei and Rakete.

www.mariov.ch

Playables

Playables is a production company based in Zurich, Switzerland. Playables was founded by Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach.

www.playables.net

History

KIDS is the second collaboration of director and animator Michael Frei and game designer Mario von Rickenbach after their award-winning animated short film and short game Plug & Play.

Logos

Production

FOC
Schweizer Fernsehen
Arte

Support

FOC
Pro Helvetia
Kulturstiftung Thurgau
Kanton Schwyz
Migros Kulturprozent
Japanese Image Forum
Agency for Cultural Affairs