Dispatches from Mt. Caz

Episode 9: Is it Real? Does it Matter?

Episode Summary

In this episode, Aranea, Albert, Christina, and artist-in-residence Matteo sit down for a conversation about the ethics of sharing information when creating fictional realities, and the responsibilities that designers have to their audiences.

Episode Notes

Our June artist-in-residence at Mt Caz was Matteo Uguzzoni, an architect and designer of real-life games and pervasive street games. It was the perfect opportunity to chat about a question that's been on our minds: "Is it real?" and "Does it matter?"

In this episode, Aranea, Albert, Christina, and Matteo sit down for a conversation about the ethics of sharing information when creating fictional realities, and the responsibilities that designers have to their audiences. We discuss alternate reality games (ARGs), pervasive games, secret societies, breaking the law, and that Firefly quote: "It's about believing in something and letting that belief be real enough to change your life."

Hosts: Albert Kong, Aranea Push, Christina Tran, Matteo Uguzzoni

Check out Matteo's work with Urban Games Factory, and his podcast about immersive theater, real-life games, and everything in between called the Playcast.

Notes:
Improv Everywhere's "Best Gig Ever"
Wander Society by Keri Smith
Wanderer’s Union
Lea Redmond creates wonder-filled objects including Lively Matter
Critical City Upload
sf0, ingress, & pokemon go
[ARG around Cloverfield movie](ARG around Cloverfield movie)
Enchanted Forest, the site of all that HexMet talk
Sleep No More, immersive theater in NY
LARP and consent culture
Creating a culture of trust through safety LARP mechanics

Music: "not tired enugh" by Nathan Nolte as sQri

Edited by: Christina Tran