Cardboard Kaiju is part of the One Last Apocalypse project that we’ve been delivering at The Edge for the past six months. It’s a project that has explored the idea of apocalypse as change and has given The Edge team the opportunity to reconnect with programming from years ago: The Zombie Climate Apocalypse.
There have been a number of outcomes from the One Last Apocalypse 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 word 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 Kaiju project 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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