"Solarpunk Futures" by Solarpunk Surf Club

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"Solarpunk Futures" by Solarpunk Surf Club

Playtest Solarpunk Futures, a 10-minute rules-light role playing game where players imagine the pathways to a desirable world.

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About this event

"Solarpunk Futures" by Solarpunk Surf Club

Looking for serious summer fun, collaborative future-building, and a sneak-peak into an artist’s process as they create work? Come playtest Solarpunk Futures, a new artist's game created by members of Solarpunk Surf Club! Participants will be introduced to gameplay, playtest a few rounds, and offer feedback to the artists.

Solarpunk Futures is a rules-light role-playing game where players imagine the pathways to a desirable world from the perspective of a utopian future. Players use a deck of cards to adopt Personae (e.g. grower, engineer, newcomer) and work together using Tools (e.g. recycled materials, equipment library, off-grid energy) and Values (e.g. care, responsibility, usufruct) to overcome a set of real-world Challenges (e.g. borders, ableist infrastructure, climate refugee crisis). Through dialogue and collaborative worldbuilding, collective and visionary narratives emerge of a new society, along with plausible scenarios for how to get there.

Solarpunk Surf Club is an arts collective who create and curate egalitarian platforms for surfing the waves of still-possible worlds.



After signing up, you will receive an email with the specific address.

Logistics and Accessibility:

All gameplay will take place outside and yes masks will be required. We will stock hand sanitizer and sanitize playing surfaces between rounds.

There are a few steps up to the front porch, but front yard play is also possible for no-step access.

12 players at each game. Participants will be introduced to gameplay, playtest a few rounds, and offer feedback to the artists.

Other Info:

In the case of bad weather, event will be cancelled.

A Home Stretch Performance

Home Stretch is a “distributed festival” of small artistic acts taking place in Madison, WI between the summer solstice (21 June) and the autumn equinox (22 September). By appointment, local artists are offering intimate performances and other arts experiences throughout the summer.

In this time of transition between COVID lockdowns and eventual reopening, Home Stretch explores how forms of performance and other kinds of aesthetic sociality can help us re-learn how to be together.

The title Home Stretch refers less to the idea of the final part of a race, since the pandemic is far from over. Rather, it’s about artists stretching their homes into public space, and the public stretching out of lockdown bit by bit. These art experiences are a chance to stretch both social and artistic muscles.

All events are free to attend, though some performers may pass a hat or request donations to specific causes. Information and registration is at homestretch.art.

Home Stretch is a project of Spatula&Barcode, a Madison-based arts collaborative devoted to conviviality, criticality and commensality. More information about Spatula&Barcode can be found at https://spatulaandbarcode.net/ and you can follow @spatcode on Instagram (if you post about Home Stretch on social media, we encourage you to use #homestretch).

Home Stretch is funded in part by grants from the University of Wisconsin Division of the Arts and the Madison Arts Commission, with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board.