The computer game Minecraft allows its users to invent their own worlds from simple blocks and to interact with the various spheres Minecraft constitutes – the hell-like Nether, for instance, which can only be entered through a smoke-filled portal.
Taking the Surrealist ‘exquisite corpse’ as inspiration, the Minecraft Infinity Project invites players to collaborate with Minecrafters the world over to co-create the largest sculpture-filled world ever made in the game: a ‘portrait’ of Liverpool Biennial, in which users render their own version of the exhibition and the artworks on show. It also incorporates a number of artworks by participating artists, such as Oliver Laric’s 3D scans of sculptures from Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery.
The ‘exquisite corpse’ is a way of making things in collaboration with others, where each player adds to what the previous one has created. Players who enter the Minecraft Infinity Project map will be able to build using specially created tools that take inspiration from artworks shown at this year’s Liverpool Biennial. Over two weeks, players will enter the map to fire paintbrushes as if they were arrows, spawning sculptures taken from real-life, and watching as a humongous virtual creation emerges.
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Liverpool’s own Minecraft expert and Youtube star Mini Muka will be exploring the Infinity Project map as it unfolds to see what people have made and to create things himself. Visit Mini’s Youtube channel where he will post videos of his adventures including an introduction to the Infinity Project and artworks at the biennial.
Mojang, creators of Minecraft, recommend the game for players aged 13+, mainly owing to the one-off payment required to download the game.
However, many younger children will enjoy playing Minecraft and Mojang offers guidance to parents for account users under 13.
The Minecraft Infinity Project is available to existing players of Minecraft. The ‘map’, or game, will be hosted on an online multiplayer server.
The platform will allow multiple players all over the world to enter the map simultaneously at any time day or night. All communication or interaction between players will be disabled to ensure a safe and fun environment for all ages
The Minecraft Infinity Project is a map-world hosted on an online multiplayer server – accessible 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world between 11am on Saturday 9 July until 9pm on Sunday 16 October.
To enter the map at home, existing players of Minecraft using desktop version (Windows & Mac) should follow these steps:
1. Ensure your device is connected to the internet
2. Open Minecraft launcher and click ‘Play’
3. Select ‘Multiplayer’
4. Select ‘Direct Connect’
5. Enter the server code: 126.96.36.199:25624
6. Click ‘Join Server’ and you will then be transported into the map!
On entering the map you will be given on-screen instructions. For example, you will discover you have paintbrush-shaped arrows that spawn different shapes and colours – where to go and how to use them will be revealed!
The Minecraft Infinity Project map is designed for use on Minecraft desktop versions (Windows & Mac). It is not compatible with console (Xbox, PlayStation, Wii) or portable device (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle Fire) versions.
You can get involved at home or through one of our workshops, taking place on Saturday 16 & 30 July, 13 August, 24 September. Book now.
Please note that when playing at FACT in one of our workshops, or at home that this map is most suitable for PC/MAC users.