Pig Chase

The Playing with Pigs project is researching the complex relationship we have with domesticated pigs by designing a game. Designing new forms of human-pig interaction can create the opportunity for consumers and pigs to forge new relations as well as to experience the cognitive capabilities of each other. The game is called Pig Chase.

Watch a larger version of the video on Vimeo.

Pigs play with the help of a large touch sensitive display. On it, a human-controlled ball of light moves around.

Pigs play with the help of a large touch sensitive display

When they touch the ball, it fires off colorful sparks.

The ball fires off colorful sparks

Humans play the game on a tablet computer such as an iPad. They move the ball of light with their finger and see the pigs’ snouts as if they were on the other side of the screen.

Humans play the game on a tablet computer such as an iPad

If pigs and humans move in harmony, that is, if a pig’s snout and the human’s ball of light move through a goal triangle, it triggers a colorful display of fireworks.

If a pig’s snout and the human’s ball of light move through a goal triangle, it triggers a colorful display of fireworks

A colorful display of fireworks

An additional challenge for humans is to maintain contact with the pigs’ snouts. If they do not, their ball of light fizzles out.

Finally, the number of targets a human and pig hit in one session is kept track of and shown in a high score table.

The number of targets a human has hit in one session is kept track of and shown in a high score table

So what we have is a game that enables humans to play with an animal they normally only consume as meat. For pigs, humans are transformed into a source of entertainment.

In november 2012 we tested the first digital prototype. A video of the playtest premiered at TEDxBrussels.

Watch a larger version of the video on Vimeo.

For additional background, download the press release. An archive with high resolution images is also available..

One Comment

  1. Anske
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 22:47 | Permalink

    Geweldig experiment!! Als ik de kans krijg ga ik met ze spelen!

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