What would it take to run a ghost factory, engaging hundreds of people in the manufacture of a large physical object, where no-one knows what they are making, until the moment of completion?
This booklet describes a process that took over six months and engaged hundreds of people from across China.
The experiment was conducted using six rules:
- It must engage people from across China.
- Every Chinese person can recognise the final thing that is made.
- None of the people taking part should understand what is being made.
- Only Chinese services can be used.
- That the experiment goal and process is reviewed after each step.
- The process must be transparent.
The final assembly was carried out on a Shanghai rooftop – the movie below was shot from an empty flat in a nearby apartment.
Previously published as "RedMat: A Design Experiment".