Moments of Breakage: Metatextuality and the Oracle

Date: Oct 23, 2021 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 hrs
Everest Pipkin, Caro Asercion, and Ben Roswell
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Caro Asercion (i'm sorry did you say street magic, Alone in the Station Remnants), Ben Roswell (Yearning OracleBehemoth and Killer), and Everest Pipkin (The Ground Itself, inflorescence.city) discuss their shared practice of designing oracle games and working with structured randomness during play.

For each speaker, chance is a tool that can create breakage; the moment when a story (or poem, game, or artwork) mutates when it is put under the pressure of incorporating the new. Despite the highly frictioned nature of this kind of storytelling, it is generous; it allows surprise to occur in play without inherently becoming failure.

This seminar will discuss the oracle as a mechanical solution that helps create these moments of narrative breakage and generative friction.

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