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‘A Night Without Digital Technology’ at Big Car Service Center

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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By Jim Walker
Big Car Service Center

Visitors to Service Center for Culture and Community on the evening of Jan. 10, 2014, will join in what is becoming an underground national phenomenon — people finding fun ways to go analog and enjoy the moment in a time of near-constant digital connectivity.

From 6-11 p.m. on Jan. 10, people of all ages can drop by the Big Car Service Center for this by-donation event. Visitors will be asked to check in their devices and experience untethered life for as long as they’d like. During this time, they’ll find plenty to do: talk, eat and drink, participate in easy collaborative art making, enjoy music, play games, and enjoy a fire in Big Car’s outdoor pizza oven (see more details below).

Service Center, the tire shop in front of Lafayette Square Mall (3819 Lafayette Rd.) repurposed by Big Car Collaborative, is the perfect place to disconnect. The space is designed for face-to-face conversations, strolling in the snow-covered and art-filled parking lot garden, getting creative with old-fashioned art making, listening to unplugged local music — even playing a little indoor soccer in the garage.

Attendees can experience:

·      A “campground” with tent and trees by BrainTwins
·      Disruptus and other board games
·      Collaging with Big Car and collaborative painting facilitated by “Artrageous with Nate” (aka Nathan Heck)
·      Art fun with the Department of Public Words
·      16 mm films curated by John L. Clark, as well as ViewMasters
·      Polaroid cameras and a wall to post them where people can “like” pictures
·      Roast-your-own food in a brick pizza oven (people should bring their own roastables…’smores supplies will be provided)
·      Old-fashioned letter writing station
·      Indoor soccer in our garage-bay-sized field (complete with artificial turf)
·      Fowling: a cross between football and bowling
·      Acoustic music by Tonos Triad, Hank Haggard and the Texas 3, Kipp Normand, Nat Russell and more.
·      Local craft beer for sale
·      A penalty box for anyone caught tweeting…and a roving referee wearing stripes and armed with a whistle to enforce the rules!

Why Digital Disconnect?

They say Abe Lincoln was addicted to the information flow coming off the telegraph.  What it’s like to be here now, in real time?  “Big Car is all about helping people connect with each other and their creativity,” said Big Car program director Anne Laker.  “Big Car uses social media a lot to engage people, but sometimes it’s great to pare down to the essentials, experience the elements and activate all your senses.”

Centric, a local innovation network, is supporting this event because, says Centric Communications Director Jason Williams, “it’s those moments of disconnect that help drive our innovation efforts. Many business and creative experts agree that some of the best ways to get ‘unstuck’ include stepping away from our work, doodling, taking a walk, or trying a new place for lunch. But how often do we actually take this advice? Centric is excited to help provide a purposeful evening of ‘Digital Disconnect.’ ”

Everyone’s invited to start 2014 off on the right foot by tuning out life’s digital interruptions, practice new creative techniques, have some fun with friends, or simply play for a few hours.

About Big Car
An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit, Big Car uses creativity as a catalyst to a better city. By providing and supporting unique, educational, participatory, playful and personal experiences, Big Car engages people of all ages and backgrounds in art making and creative problem-solving — inspiring them to be creative thinkers and involved, connected citizens. Big Car is the organization behind the projects Service Center for Culture and Community, TEDxIndianapolis, and more. Learn more at

About Centric
Centric is a local innovation network actively recognizing stories of successful innovation, increasing members’ access to knowledge, skill sets, and resources, and striving to improve the success rate of innovation in Indianapolis to drive recognition of our city as a global innovation center.