Play:Vienna Program

Version .9

Game: Massive Multiplayer Thumbwrestling


Das Prinzip des Daumenwrestling ist ein einfaches. Zwei SpielerInnen geben sich die rechte Hand und umfassen gegenseitig Zeigefinger, Mittelfinger, Ringfinger und kleinen Finger zu einer Faust. Mit dem freien Daumen wird versucht, den Daumen des "Gegners"/der "Gegnerin" herunterzudrücken und zu fixieren. Nun gibt es aber auch die Möglichkeit, dieses Spiel mit drei oder vier rechten Händen zu machen, diese bilden dann einen Stern. Somit erhöht sich schon die SpielerInnenzahl. Zusätzlich ist die linke Hand der SpielerIn frei, diese linken Hände können auch wieder weitere SpielerInnen ans Netz anschließen. Wieder ist es möglich, pro Verbindung 2 bis 4 SpielerInnen einzubinden. Durch massives Daumenwrestling nach diesem Netzmodell ist es möglich, eine beliebige Zahl von SpielerInnen zu vernetzen und ein Multiplayer Daumenwrestling zu veranstalten. Die SpielerInnenzahl ist unbegrenzt, globales Daumenwresteling durch autarke Peer-to-Peer Netze und ad-hoc geknüpfte Wrestlinggemeinschaften wird möglich.

The principle of thumb-wrestling is simple. Two players take each others right hand and entangle their fingers - except the thumbs - forming a fist. The players then try to catch and freeze the opponent's thumb.
By forming a star, it is also possible to play the game with three or four participants. The left hands are also free to hook up with even more players. Again a connection with up to 4 players is possible. By Massive Thumb-Wrestling according to the rules described above unlimited amounts of players can connect to join a Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling Network. As the number of players is unlimited, global thumb-wrestling may emerge through self-sustaining peer-to-peer networks and ad-hoc socializing.


monochrom is an international art-technology-philosophy group, founded in 1993. Our offices are located at Museumsquartier/Vienna (at ‘QDK’).
monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, political activism and context hacking. monochrom publishes the book series of the same name in addition to its activity in other areas. monochrom is an open field of experimentation.
We want to short-circuit reality, create viral information, spread thoughts. It’s a quest for the best Weapon of Mass Distribution started, searching for the best transportation mode and aesthetic format for a certain political of philosophical idea. Some projects definitely work better as a computer game or installation or puppet theatre or robot or performance, some should simply be presented as ASCII
files… and some are the right stuff for a feature film. It just depends.
From a conceptual background, we have been occupied with the construction, analysis and reflexion of alternative worlds for quite a long time. A lot of our projects are treating this field partly as a discussion with concepts deriving from popular culture, science and philosophy, partly as a direct reference to science fiction and fantasy fan culture.


Day: 2012-09-08
Start time: 16:00
Duration: 01:00
Location: Museumsquartier Courtyard / Innenhof