This online game has been created by young people, where they imagine what life might be like 50 years in the future in their respective community.
The touring exhibition Northern Powerhouse 2065 will accompany the game, exploring the future by showcasing imaginative and innovative objects - artefakes - from the adventures, bringing the online world of 2065 into the physical.
A text adventure game, popular in the late 80s to mid 90s, is an interactive story allowing players to use text commands to control characters and influence the environment. The accompanying exhibition Northern Powerhouse 2065 will showcase objects from the game, including new modes of communication such as emoji gloves (pictured), a FutureGen lab swipe card, and the sacred ‘book’. The exhibition will tour across the North of England, accompanied by a series of workshops, playfully exploring the story and world within Northern Powerhouse: Last Towns Standing.
Re-Dock artist Hwa Young Jung said “It’s been amazing working with the young people and co-creating the world of tomorrow. I’ve had interesting insights into how individuals relate to their towns and working in libraries has been integral to this project, merging traditional storytelling with technology.”
The tour will start in Burnley Central Library, where it can be viewed from 2 - 27 February. On Wednesday 17 February, visitors are invited to a full day of activities and workshops, marking the official launch of the game and offering an opportunity meet Re-Dock and the young individuals from Burnley who worked with them in the creation of the game. The exhibition will continue its tour to Wigan Library in March, and to Hull Central Library in April, to then travel to other libraries and community spaces across the North of England.
For 2016, Networked Narrative will be looking for individuals aged 13-25 from across Burnley, Wigan and Hull to explore art and technology, and make a new artwork for a public space. Take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 707 4414.
This project is commissioned by FACT in partnership with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Lancashire County Council and Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd. With support of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Click here to play Northern Powerhouse: Last Towns Standing.