The Hunt for the Yellow Banana
In collaboration with Amani Naseem, this game was conceived during “Play Around Nature” in a series of public play events in the Maldives, 2013.
The Banana was first sighted in the Maldivian capital of Malé in April 2013. Its arrival in the city happened to coincide with a two week visit from an international group of games designers, including William Drew (Venice as a Dolphin) and Andrea Hasselager (Play & Grow). Rumours spread that these game designers had created the figure of the Banana as some kind of game. While it is true that the well-intentioned foreigners were seen handing out flyers and putting up posters throughout the city alerting people to the search for the missing Banana, this material had in fact been deposited with them anonymously. Considering themselves responsible citizens, they distributed it, unaware of the exact intentions of the unseen power behind the Hunt for the Yellow Banana. To date, the Banana is still missing and the question remains: “Does it want to be found?” Follow the hunt at www.thebanana.info and keep your eyes peeled.
Too much, too little, too late
The installation thematises the sometimes absurd and Sisyphus-like in human addiction and attempted control of nature. On the one hand, there is too much water (the islands are slowly being flooded), and on the other hand, too little: As groundwater is exhausted because of the growing population on the islands. The resources are running dry, and nature is about to take over. It is a never-ending circle where there can never be a winner, while the proportions and balance of power is constantly changing.
Andrea Hasselager is a Danish artist, and has been working with digital storytelling and games for 5 years. She has a background as a writer for advertising. She developed an online story about trafficking in women, ‘Find Olena’ , while being a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio. Her game about the Nordic Fruits and vegetation, Jumping Suzy, won the Nordic Game Jams ‘New Nordic food price’. Lately she has developed the global concept Game Girl Workshop, where she teaches teenage girls to develop computer, Game Girl Workshop has recently been realised in Palestine.
Currently she is setting up the first Kunsthalle for Digital Art in Denmark.