Play as a refugee as you try and navigate your way to safety.
Using the testimony of refuges and NGO volunteers in camps of Greece, Turkey, Spain and France we were able to build a game, based in the classic Monopoly, that shows the circumstances that thousands of people escaping countries in conflict have to go through. The main aim of this Refugeoly game is to highlight the plight of being forced to be a refugee. By playing the game you can experience and understand how complex, dramatic and hard life can be for someone that simply is trying to flee from war and scarcity. This game is designed to create awareness of the situation of refugees at the borders of Europe.
Large Format REFUGEOLY workshops
We also organize Refugeoly workshops using a printable large format Refugeoly game. These workshops are aimed at organizations, schools, NGOs, etc. that might be interested in experiencing and learning more about the refugee situation.
In these workshops, the players embody the refugee in the game. Carrying the money and trying to make their way to a country of asylum. This format enables the players to interact with each other and feels that the whole game experience is about luck.
Our workshops have been run at Goldsmiths University (London), Blackbox Theater (Oslo), Hirikilabs Tabakalera (San Sebastian), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), and Galeria Baluarte San Roque (Cadiz).
To book a Presentation and play Refugeoly or a Workshop, simply email us at:
Refugeoly is a Vinny Montag project.
Collaborators: John Halls, Tabakalera San Sebastian (Hirikilabs) Alai Ondo Design Studio, Jose Luis and Alba Regojo.
Special Thanks: Rathna Ramanathan (Royal College of Art), Ibai Zabaleta and Gonzalo Hohr.
Watch the below video to learn how Refugeoly was designed and why
Vinny Montag (Vicente Esteban)
Artist, Designer and Educator. I was born in Cadiz (Spain), where I studied mechanics and later Applied Arts. In London, I studied Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Design at Goldsmiths University and a Masters of Arts in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art.
For several years I have worked for the industry (Worldpay, Burberry, Statoil, AGA, Linde Engineering) and also for important art organisations (Barbican, Sustrans, Futherfield Gallery, Zadok Studio).
In London, I have been teaching at the Design Department at Goldsmiths University and also at the London College of Fashion. Currently, I am working as Associate Professor in the Industrial Design Department at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou (China).
Supporters & Collaborators
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With your support Refugeoly aims to become also a Digital Game that can be played online. Thanks for supporting us!