The Virtual Restoration Project

Designers: Francis Patrick Brady, Una Hamilton Helle & Sarah Jury (UK)

Number of participants: 17

Duration: 4 hours

Run before at: Open School East (London), The Anti-University Festival 10th June 2016

About the larp

How to tell the future, past and present apart from each other

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, Nothing was remembered and nothing was forgotten. it was the epoch of the computer and the epoch of the abacus, it was the spring of memory and the winter of degradation, we had everything before us and we had nothing before us – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its prevalent almost invisible technologies insisted on being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

This LARP takes the form of a collective postmortem of a destroyed historical site. The site is now only inhabited by avatars (played by the players) who are attempting to reconstruct it virtually. Disembodied signs, symbols and architectural forms, detached from their original context, abound at the site – it is up to the avatars to redefine and rebuild their already slipping collective memory.

A LARP about the importance of culture and the fallibility of history writing within virtual realms.

Open to all players. A full introduction, walkthrough and debrief will be provided. It is a freeform game with no previous skills or experience required. There is no audience to the performers, only participators. You do not need to dress up.