21 Moves

21 Moves is a large scale video projection inspired by the sliding block puzzle game: 2048. In this animation, instead of numbers being added up, words collide, merge into new words and eventually form the sentence: I'm obsessed with this game.

Projection on Building, 2016

Carrie Sijia Wang

ITP Camp Show, NYU, New York, NY 2016


2048 is a sliding block puzzle game developed by Italian web developer Gabriele Cirulli. “The game’s objective is to slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them to create a tile with the number 2048” (Wikipedia). It is available on mobile and provides several different modes. In its “arcade” mode, the player’s goal is to achieve a set of numbers within a certain number of  “Moves”. In my piece, the building surface is used as a grid, projected giant tiles are pushed by an invisible hand up, down and across the windows. Within 21 moves, the sentence “I’m obsessed with this game” is completed.