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Play/Share Beyond/In

Starting Saturday (Oct. 16th) you can enter into a world of art, intrigue, mysterious puzzles, scavenger hunt missions, and…text messaging? That’s right, text messaging! The creators of play/share beyond/in seek to utilize emerging social networking technology to get you out of your house and on to the city streets to explore Buffalo and the variety of art exhibitions that are part of Beyond/In Western New York. The play/share beyond/in website (www.playsharebeyondin.org) explains the game as “a technology-driven scavenger hunt exploring the history and culture of Western New York though a series of interactive missions.” Once you register (as an individual or a team) you can text PSBIbot, a “robotic scheduler,” that texts you each mission, processes your answers, tallies the scores, and can connect you to a human engineer for assistance. The media creation component of the game encourages players to upload video/audio/photo/blogging documentation on Flickr or YouTube for bonus points. play/share beyond/in is organized by the University at Buffalo’s Intermedia Performance Studio (a group of media studies, computer science, engineering, dance, and theatre students) in collaboration with Beyond/In Western New York, the Department of Media Studies at UB, Brock University, and Buffalo State College. It’s free to play and when the game ends on October 30th, fabulous prizes (from Hallwalls, Burchfield Penney, and Squeaky Wheel) will be distributed to the winners. To receive information, maps, and to register, stop at the staffed booth at the Burchfield Penney Art Center from 10 am to 2 pm on the 16th and the 23rd and from 1 pm to 3 pm on the 17th and the 24th. You can join anytime after the 16th at www.playsharebeyondin.org.—jill greenberg

10am-2pm. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. (878-6011 / www.burchfieldpenney.org