Final Proj E&I

The day before the actual game, we sent out an online notification through Instagram story to let everyone know that we are going to play a game. We invite the live audiences to come in to watch the stream and allow them to influence the results too.

Meanwhile, we also have set up a set of briefs for the chef and artist

We have chosen our artist and drawers for the two groups of people we want to compare: The Noobs in Round 1 and The Pros in Round 2.

The Noobs

Artist: Jacob

Chef: Tiffany

We have deliberately moved them away from their strengths, as Jacob can cook well but cannot draw, and Tiffany can draw well but cannot cook. It is also funny because she initially said that she could cook rice without a rice cooker, which was quite a difficult thing to do. Turns out, she could ONLY cook rice. Oops.

The Pros

Artist: Alena

Chef: Hannah

This time, we deliberately let them play in the role that they are good at so that we can compare the results between people who knows what they are doing and people who don’t.

We have also ironed out the kinks in the logistics. We will stick to cooking in Hall 2 but find a location with better connectivity.

and have split up our roles: Brendan and I will be the facilitators for the Chef, while Dion and Joel are the facilitators for the Artist.

We have decided to split up the equipments we bring. I brought the plates, bowls, and utensils; Dion brought the chopping board, knife, and cards; Joel brought the condiments and his trusty pan; and Brendan brought his camera equipments.

The final recipe:

Recipe for Quesadilla, including the random ingredients we added in to throw the chef off.

So before anything else, let’s talk about the game.

The flow of the game

This is the flow of the game in both rounds. The game starts with the facilitator giving the ingredient name to the artist, which the artist will have to draw within 7 seconds. After that, they will be stopped and the drawing will be shown to the chef. The chef will then interpret the item and buy the item that fits best to the interpretation. If the chef gets confused, the audience can help or influence the chef by interpreting their own version of the item. After purchasing the items, the chef will move to the kitchen for part 2. During part 2, the facilitator will then show the artist the steps to cook the dish, and within 40 seconds, the artist will have to draw it and show the chef. The chef will then interpret the drawing without using their instincts to guide them. This means that they have to follow what is drawn, no matter how illogical it seems. Audiences can still influence and help the chef at this point. After the dish is done, the artist will be invited to the kitchen to eat the dish they have made together.


DIWO: Players Tiffany and Jacob participating together in the game
DIWO: Players Alena and Hannah participating together in the game

DIWO comes in with the players, as they work together with other players to create the dish together. This thus becomes an unscripted performance that is participated by the players. The DIWO aspect also comes in from the audiences where the audience can interact with the players as well to “do it together” (although I’d say, the audiences join merely for the entertainment). The outcome of the game will be a combined effort between all parties.

The Third Space

The Third Space is the online platform in Instagram Live.

Instagram Live icon created by me

On this platform, we are able to reach out to a massive audience of friends, family members, and friends of friends. Within the Third Space, the players are able to communicate with each other despite the distance, as well as communicate with the audience. This online space bridges the spacial gap and allows for maximum participation in all parties with minimal effort, making the entire game really fun and engaging. Although the players do not actually create a Third Body, the players have made full use of the abilities of the Third Space to create the final dish.

The Glitch

The glitch comes in the form of mis-drawings, mis-interpretations, and mis-cooking. There is a complexity in the flow of the game that allows for multiple opportunities for glitches to happen. This is very visible in the first round , The Noobs, and less apparent amongst The Pros. It is interesting that glitches that happen at the from affects the glitches at the end quite a lot, and this amplified glitching reminded me of the glitch micro-project that used a similar activity of glitching a glitched image.



The 2D room setup

We set up our booth in a quiet and isolated room so as to allow our artist to concentrate on the game without any interference. The tripod holds Joel’s phone that will livestream the artist’s perspective of the game. The drawing block is for the artist to draw on.

On the other side, we have Tiffany meeting Brendan and I at Giant supermarket near Canteen 2 to get ready for the game.

Round 1: The Noobs

Part 1: The Grocery

After getting ready, we kick off the game with the first ingredient drawn: Tomato. Tiffany got it right immediately. Moving on, we have Onions.

Abstract onions. Or maybe a striped ball?

Tiffany immediately shouted “ONIONS!”, but proceeds to buy garlics as onions ran out of stock. This is quite unfortunate as we knew that Giant sold onions.

Sock bananas

The next ingredient is the banana which is a decoy ingredient. Tiffany got it right again, but as she doesn’t have any cooking experience, she do not find it weird.


Next, Jacob drew a quite interesting take on Chicken Breast: a side profile roasted chicken, with the arrow pointed at the breast part. HOWEVER, the facilitators, audience, and the chef couldn’t understand it because it looks like vegetables on a plate. Thus, Tiffany bought peanuts.

Phone macaroni
Satay? Hotdogs?
Box or butter, or eggs?
Mushrooms or middle fingers?

These are the remaining drawings, with some that are comprehensible and some that are difficult to understand.

Tiffany figuring out what this drawing means
Cheese! Tiffany shouted
Tiffany goes for the hot dogs

Here are some screenshots of the actual live stream during some of these drawings.

The livestream – behind the scenes
behind the scene part 2
Tiffany looking for the halal symbol on the cheese

Here are some shots on-site with Tiffany.

The items we bought – Bananas, slice cheese, shiitake mushroom, eggs, orange, tomato, garlics, cucumber, peanuts, macaroni, chicken hotdogs

At this point, the live stream was filled with audiences, that gave a lot of comments. It was interesting as they are participating a lot, giving not just a lot of tips but also funny comments that entertained all of us.

After this part, I have noticed that the glitch is very real. The mis-drawing and mis-interpretation have thrown off the entire recipe. I can’t imagine what we can cook out of what we have. The lack of an actual way of communication between the players have really glitched the recipe. Even the audience can’t help now…

Part 2 – The Cooking

After getting ready, we started part 2.

I’d say Jacob’s drawing here are very comprehensive. He even stuck to using the same drawings as he did in the previous part to not confuse Tiffany. However, because the items are already wrong, he couldn’t unglitch it. Tiffany blatantly follows as she does not really know what is going on. This results in hilarious things that she do.

Chopping peanuts
Cutting the garlic as a whole instead of splitting first
Burning the pan!!! OH NO.
Looking at the drawing
Tiffany chopping the peanuts into tiny pieces according to the instructions which calls for chicken to be chopped up instead
Tiffany cooking
Tiffany chopping garlic
Tiffany marinating peanut

Here are some screenshots documenting what happened.


Reaction to taste test
Taste test
Round 1 final food

Tiffany made scrambled eggs with cheese, hotdogs, mushroom, and peanuts. I am very surprised that we still managed to make something that is edible. It was not that bad tasting it, just that the mushrooms are slightly undercooked, and the pan is burnt. The glitch have not just taken place, but also snowballed from the beginning down to the end. Still, despite this uncontrolled glitch, we manage to create a result that is somewhat satisfactory, and it have at least created an outcome that falls within the boundaries of what we have in mind (something edible).

I think that the cooking phase is the part that fixed everything together, as the cooking part will allow any of the ingredients to become edible. Thus, we can actually use this round as an example of how uncontrollable glitch can still somewhat be controlled, and that cooking isn’t all that hard. We can pretty much shuffle the ingredients we buy, use the same cooking steps, and end up with pretty okay edible food.

Reflections from Tiffany: She enjoyed the whole process even though she knew she screwed up a lot. It was a learning experience for her because she hardly cooks. She also find it fun to be entertaining others.

Reflections from Jacob: He enjoyed the game and finds it interesting and funny when the two players are chosen to get out of their comfort zone. The audience comments are funny to him too. However he felt that as the artist, the game is more fun at the front than at the back.

After we concluded the first part, we took a 15 minutes break and cleaned up. We managed to salvage the pan and everything was fine.

Round 2: The Pros

Hannah Ready!

Once we are ready, we started the

Part 1: The Grocery

Tortilla that looks like orange
Shell Macaroni which looks like ???
BBQ Sauce that looks like Ketchup
Jalapeno banana
Sugar cube butter
Shredded cheese
chicken fillet
lime that looks like orange

Overall, Alena drew alright. But there are quite a few items that are glitchable. For example, the tortilla wrap looks so much like oranges that Hannah almost got oranges. But as she knows how to cook, she find that it does not make sense to have oranges. So she went around and found tortilla wrap.

Another example is the butter, which Alena just drew a cube. I like how, due to our understanding of what butter is usually depicted, we understand that a slab of something is usually butter.

Despite the potential for glitch, Hannah still understood them right!

Hannah looking at the stream
Hannah moving around
Hannah putting down butter
Hannah looking for butter

Here are some screenshots from the livestream:

Lime? Lemon? Orange? Huh?
Oranges or tortilla wrap?
BBQ sauce got right
Thinking… what is this?
Turning chicken into fish nugget since there isn’t any chicken left
Alena drew butter and Hannah got it right

One thing that happened was that the staff of Giant was on a lookout for us as we were asked to stop filming during round one. To avoid getting caught, we kept our distance so there wasn’t much documentation or footages.

During this round, there wasn’t much audience also, which is probably because of the lateness (we started at 7pm). It could also be because we have done it once, so the second time wasn’t as entertaining. Thirdly, it could be because Hannah was doing everything very smoothly so it became somewhat boring.

It was also impressive to see that Hannah actually got most of the stuffs correct. I would hypothesise that this is due to her instincts, being someone who knows how to cook and assemble recipes together.

So after the shopping, we bought all the things and went back to the kitchen. As we have already went through it once (actually, twice, including the test run), we could do it properly this time. With that, we quickly started the second part.

Part 2: Cooking

For this part, Alena did pretty well, and like Tiffany, she used the previous visuals to make sure Hannah understands the different ingredients.

Meanwhile at the kitchen:

Dicing up the tomatoes
Watching Alena draw
The final product

Again, here are some live stream footages:

Alena draws as Hannah waits patiently (by patiently I mean play with the dog filter)
Hannah, being pro at this, effortlessly cooks

As Alena and Hannah are also friends, the entire stream was more friendly and conversational. It didn’t really mattered that there wasn’t much audience, as there is a lot of communication between the two of them. We even started playing with Instagram filters like the dog filter, which made the stream more fun and engaging.


It was also interesting that Hannah keeps requesting for the next step while the previous step is still ongoing. This is perhaps also part of her instinct as a person with cooking experience, as she do not want to be waiting for instructions while the food is cooking so as to not overcook or burn the food. Hannah also have done everything properly and really well, showing off her excellent cooking skills. She fully understands what Alena draws as the instructions are very straightforward to her.

Overall, this round was much smoother, quicker, and effortless. Despite this, we were bored easily and went with the motion sometimes without actually seeing what is going on because we had too much trust in Alena and Hannah handling on their own. This creates a situation where the game wasn’t as entertaining and engaging compared to round one. This also winds up in lesser viewers, and I think this actually created another effect where the two can be more intimate with each other as they don’t have to entertain anybody.

Compared with the first round, this round was really a lot different in terms of the smoothness, the viewers, the entertainment, the timing, the speed, and communication. Perhaps one really important aspect of a good game is the glitch itself. Without mistakes, what is there to watch? 

With these, we created a trailer and highlight video. REALLY APPRECIATE BRENDAN for doing these videos!!! He did a really good job compiling everything and presenting this awesome videos!!!

Final words

In conclusion, I conclude that the Noobs did a better job entertaining everyone, despite the food being badly done. While it was enjoyable to eat the perfect Quesadilla, I do not really enjoy the process. As I have mentioned in Research Critique 3, a successful performance is in its process and not the outcome. Therefore, I believe that, despite the Pros winning this game, the Noobs have won our hearts.

Also, I would like to reiterate the DIWO aspects of the game. With the players, we have allowed people to come together to participate and perform together in this game. Audience also came in to be part of the game, commenting, chatting, helping, and influencing the outcome of the game. This have created a large body of players, creating a whole DIWO experience. This could not be done without the Third Space, as we need everything to be communicated through the screen and the chatroom. The usage of the Third Space as  a means of communication have allowed for maximised participation, making the entire game more successful. Lastly, without the Glitch, the game would be unentertaining and lose viewers like in Round 2.

My personal take away would be to be able to create an experience of such complexity using these concepts that are sort of closely related. It got me to be more aware and observant in these concepts on other platforms that helps me to understand certain digital arts better.

If there would be an improvement to the game, I would separate the days such that Hannah will be playing on another day. I would also change some parts of the game at round 2 (eg. maybe change the recipe) so that audiences will join in to watch the difference instead of watching them cook the same thing.

Our group presentation can be found here:

It was a great experience hosting the game and learning to apply these concepts. It’s been a great sem learning with you Lei 🙂 I really learnt a lot. So yup. That concludes the project, as well as the semester. Byeeeeeeeeee!


Experimentation & Interaction – DIWO and Micro Project II

For our DIWO assignment, my team: Reuben, Joel, and I have decided to create a whole new instagram account (@reubryjo) as a form of collaborative art platform. The account details are then given out to mostly our friends. The rule for using this account is simple: log in and take a photo of something in the colour you like. With this rule, we intend to collect as many photos as possible contributed by our audience through this account, and compile them into a spectrum of colours.

Our audience will be given complete freedom to the account, as they get to take as many photos as they wish. Our audience becomes the artist, and their photos are not just part of the artwork, but are also by itself, the artwork. The outcome of the artwork will be dependent on the audience’s posts, but we will also be curating it. This makes us, the creators, uncertain of what is going to happen.

As mentioned by Marc Garrett in his article on DIWO:

“the process (of DIWO) is as important as the outcome, forming relationally aware peer enactments. It is a living art, exploiting contemporary forms of digital and physical networks as a mode of open praxis.” 

Embracing the process of DIWO where our audiences continue to add on to the artwork to add complexity to it, our artwork becomes alive.






We have arranged the photos into a colour spectrum, which is visible from afar; but from up close, we get to see the contents of the photos posted by the audience. The audience’s posts have affected the outcome, and the outcome shows the intentions from both the audience and the creator. The resulting artwork shows the relationship between the creator and audience, its body and its soul. This, I believe, is the very reflection of DIWO.

As much as there are similarities between our artwork and the by Craig D. Giffen, where everyone can contribute a photo to create an entirely new outcome of an artwork (in this case, a photo of numbers that tells the time to create a database of times), our work is more representative of the audience where the artwork expresses more of what our audiences want to show.

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The openness and freedom of our rules allowed our audience to do what they want with their posts, rather than making sure that there is a content to it. That is what sets our work different from the project.

One explicit, yet funny image we received