Cardboard Kaiju is part of the One Last Apocalypse project that we’ve been delivering at The Edge over the past six months. To recap, that project is about exploring the idea of apocalypse as change and the opportunity for The Edge to reconnect with programming from years ago: The Zombie Climate Apocalypse.
There have been a number of outcomes from the project – more news about those to come – but this post is about the Cardboard Kaiju project, what it is and what it entails.
Kaiju is a Japanese work that means ‘strange beast’ and it is synonymous with a genre of cinema epitomized by arguably the king of the strange beast – Gojira – or as we know him in the west, Godzilla.
There has been a lot spoken about Godzilla, specifically and relevant to this point, as a metaphor for terrible things. The original 1954 classic as a response to the horror of atomic war and the most recent in last year’s reboot – the failure of bureaucracy in the face of calamity in the aftermath of the Fukajima nuclear plant meltdown.
Godzilla is one of a collection of kaiju (just like Pokemon) and with Cardboard Kaijuoject we’ve worked with community to design a new strange creature, an Australian kaiju. That could be a metaphor for any beast: bush fires, floods etc. In the end, it comes down to the player (you) projecting their concerns into the creature, engaging in a game of trying to stop it, and then handing the plans over to the next group to remix.
Would you like to come and play?
One day only, Sunday 3 December from 12pm to 4pm.
No bookings, just turn up and wait for your turn. Small groups or individuals welcome!
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