Beware of the Dandelions
Beware of the Dandelions (work-in-progress) is an alternative reality game-based, immersive theatre performance that teaches social movement building through complex science. Through a sci-fi parable, the work integrates a data-driven narrative with game-based collaborative problem solving communicated through live hip-hop and DJ performances. The participant-players wear biophysical sensors to control a 3D game engine projection mapped onto a 24 x 12 foot sentient pod. Players spatially trigger realtime story content consisting of data visualizations, surveillance cameras, systems communication, embedded clues and puzzles, and embodied social interactions. They are tasked with interpreting the flow of non-linear information to make sense of the narrative in order to act collectively to transform the framework of the AI system—a metaphor for systems of oppression.