Meet The Infinity Games

The infinity games are an online playground, mirroring the complexity of real life. Everyone can join!

The ways to describe THE INFINITY GAMES are infinite but what we do is quite simple:
we use an explorative game (online & offline) for performance, education, collaboration, research, design and the arts.

“A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”
-James P. Carse (Finite and infinite games | A vision of Life as Play and Possibility, 1986)



The concept of The Infinity Games embodies Marie van Vollenhovens philosophy of life. Life is no more or less then a complex, ever-changing composition. We, the players, play life every day, change position, change perspective, relate ourselves to all the other elements of life, and influence them as they influence us. Life is therefor an infinite game that we play with all existing things in the universe, for all things are connected and will constantly change and influence each other. Or, to put it as light as possible: life is play. Infinite play.

Is there a link between the “composition of life” and the idea of composition in the arts? Can we deduct laws for harmonic compositions via scientific research? Marie collaborates with scientists, artists, interaction designers and the audience to find an answer to these questions. 

"Now you see our very existence is a rhythm, of waking and sleeping, eating and moving, and that’s all we’re doing. Just consider what we do every day. What’s it all about? Does it really mean anything? Does it go anywhere? It’s just because we want to keep on doing this kind of ‘hoop-dee-da’. So you can get a certain vision of life, where everything is seen to be a complex pattern of rhythm. And that’s what it all is, it’s jazz, you see? This is a Big Jazz, this world, and what it’s trying to do, is see how jazzed up it can get. How far-out this play of rhythm can go”
-Alan Watts


Join in!

Game Create with the composition tool. Put in colourful shapes, planets or pictures from Collections, write stories, fractalize, randomize and more! Make awesome artworks and share them in our Gallery.

Collections Explore the images per category, to some collections you can uplaod, some are fixed.

Survey Take a moment to help us with scientific research. PART ONE: Rate images PART TWO: Finish puzzles. We're trying to discover why people like certain images over others. 

Education Are you a teacher? You can use the composition tool to give all kinds of workshops. Get inspired by the examples of lessons from other teachers. Or add you own ideas to the platform!

Performances You can find our performance team in all kinds of venues. We perform for ánd with the audience. You'll become involved via our interactive app.

Lectures The philosophy behind The Infinity Games and the interdisciplinary research are ideas worth spreading. Come listen to talks of the artists or researchers at festivals and congresses. 

Fine Art Visit exhibitions. Enjoy paintings, drawings, interactive installations, VR and AR.


Art, Science & Education

What art and science have in common is that they both try to comprehend the complexity of life by taking a small sample of it, and researching this sample trough and trough. In these controlled circumstances they try and deduct and explore the laws of life. Where scientists put bacteria under a microscope or take small population samples to conduct their experiment, art explores composition on a canvas, or in dance. And although you may not conciously think about this while watching a play, any theatre piece can be seen as a small society in which its inhabitants, the characters, explore different ways of living. 

If you go back to something basic, and find laws behind it, you could maybe find out something about our nature in general. In “TheInfinity Games” we create small compositions in the scientific and artistic domain, and by researching them, we try to make more sense of the composition of life itself. 

To conduct the interdisciplinary research, a “digital composition game” is developed. This game is used in all chapters of the Infinity Game; in scientific research, performance as well as in education..


Meet the people !

Marie van Vollenhoven - Founder, artistic director & creator, iCollective

Felix Herbst - Composition Tool, programming

Thimo Pagen - Website, programming

A.I. Department: Gerhard Weiss, Jerry Spanakis, Ádam Vándor - Scientific research

Felicitas Lenz - Research, interdisciplinary education

Hanna Hesemans - Public Relations

Nina Willems - iCollective & content writing

Mami Izumi - iCollective

Wietse Voermans - iCollective

Jesse Passenier - iCollective

Jo-An Westerveld - Dance & contact impro teacher


New features coming up..

This commnunity platform and game environment are continiously in development. By us and by you!

What's up next from our side? We'll be adding:

  • Direct access and editing to the artworks you see in the 3D gallery aka ENTER INFINITY
  • Tutorials for the Composition Game
  • Tutorials on how to give a lesson with the Composition Game
  • Importing pictures from the Collections galleries directly into the Composition Game
  • More Collections, titles for images, tags and search options
  • Framing and saving your artworks in the game (aspect ratio's 1:1 / 4:3 / 16:9 / 4:1)
  • More workshop / lesson examples
  • Upload forms for you to add to Collections
  • Uplaod forms to put your workshop idea on the site
  • Composing music with shapes and colours
  • A new phase in the A.I. research into the connection between music and image
  • Reports of the research on interdisciplinary learning


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