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Phoebe Lin, Kathy Chang
Concept: "Order Up!" delivers an immersive dining experience for 3 to 8 players, assigning each participant a chicken's place in the pecking order. Utilizing chopsticks, players select foods from the middle of the table during 30-second rounds, engaging in tasting and observation. At the round's end, players collectively point their chopsticks at the perceived lowest-ranking chicken, shaping the round's outcome. The excluded player is then omitted from the table, and the process repeats in subsequent rounds. The experience concludes with the perceived top chicken remaining, and the remaining players being excluded in order of their perceived rank.
During the experience, the players must imagine their chopsticks as the beaks. They listen to the sounds of chickens clucking while eating, immersing themselves into the chicken dining experience.
Social Commentary: Rooted in Eastern communal dining customs and chopstick etiquette, the game emphasizes respect for elders and hierarchical influence, drawing parallels with chicken behavior. It illuminates potential discomfort within the player's psyche, simulating the experience of a lower-ranking chicken. This underscores societal shifts toward egalitarianism in human dynamics, contrasting with the steadfast hierarchical nature observed in non-human species. Furthermore, the game serves as a metaphor for the consequences of cutthroat hierarchical structures in human organizations, illustrating how the top "chicken" can exclude lower-ranked individuals, rewarding the well-fed authority for oppressing the weaker members.
This experience also prompts players to heighten their social awareness during each 30-second round. As they concentrate on their own food, they must simultaneously observe others to discern their ranks. This dual focus serves as a reflection of the challenges in human societies, where individuals navigate their own interests while remaining aware of the social dynamics and hierarchies surrounding them. Especially, as a lower rank they must operate as discreetly as possible.