Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Plan A TASK?
Anybody can plan TASK. Each version of task is unique and a representation of people who participate.
What do I need?
The building blocks of TASK are very simple. TASK can be planned and played by anyone, anywhere with any budget. You will need:
  • Space

    TASK can take place anywhere and in any space. Depending on the number of participants and the objectives for playing TASK, the particulars of a space can add a lot. TASKS have taken place in large public indoor and outdoor spaces, in museums and non-for-profits and have been rave-like versions in warehouses and gymnasiums. For workshops, class rooms are sufficient.

  • People

    People who participate in TASK should follow two simple, procedural rules. Each participant should write a task to contribute to the common TASK BOX, then pick a task and interpret it any which way he or she wants, using the designated space, the materials and the people around them. Once a task is executed, you write a NEW task, PICK a new task and so on.

  • Materials

    The materials are the nuts and bolts that hold TASK together. In the past, we relied on staples such as cardboard, (recycled) paper, bubble wrap, tin foil, tape, glue, markers, scissors, pencils, chalk, cling wrap, string and whatever else you can imagine. We usually designate the area by papering the floor onto which we place the materials as well as the TASK box>

  • Tasks

    The TASKs are placed inside a bucket, cardboard box, whatever...



How many people do I need for TASK?
The smallest group organized was 10 in 2002 inside a Masonic Temple in London. The largest group was 600 in Philadelphia. Generally speaking, size does not matter with TASK.
Does everybody have to participate?
No. You can do whatever you want. During TASK Parties, some people start out by watching but most eventually get drawn into the action. Participating tends to be almost irresitable. TASK Events are slightly different than TASK Parties, since participants are pre-selected through an application process.
How long does TASK usually last? When does it end?
In a classroom playing for an hour or two can be sufficient. TASK Parties usually have larger crowds, more material and take more time to plan and should take at least 3-5 hours. That way more ambitious tasks can unfold and momentum can build. TASK Events usually lasat for the course of a whole working day, 7-8 hours. Generally speaking, it helps if you pre-determine a timeframe and adhere to it.
Will Oliver Herring be present?
Oliver will participate in the 2012 NAEA TASK Party. A panel discussion will follow the event.