sudoscript: Last weekend, a fascinating act in the history of humanity played out on Reddit.
For April Fool’s Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users, who are all anonymous, a blank canvas called Place.
The rules were simple. Each user could choose one pixel from 16 colors to place anywhere on the canvas. They could place as many pixels of as many colors as they wanted, but they had to wait a few minutes between placing each one.
Over the following 72 hours, what emerged was nothing short of miraculous. A collaborative artwork that shocked even its inventors.
Above, some of my favourite little areas // Below, a static look at the ‘finished’ piece
- Sudoscript: When Pixels Collide — But at its core, the story of Place is an eternal story, about the three forces that humanity needs to make art, creation, and technology possible.
- Waxy: This Must Be The /r/Place — Every tiny patch of the Place is a story. Every piece of real estate represents a hard-fought battle, drawn from the collective activity of hundreds of smaller communities teaming together, and often against each other.
- The r/place Atlas
And here’s a video timelapse that shows areas in detail →
“On April Fool’s Day, when the rest of the internet devolves into a cesspool of unfunny press releases and fake product launches, Reddit becomes the most interesting place online by unleashing a social experiment on its enormous community.” — Andy Baio / Waxy