An ARG to celebrate open access week, courtesy of the University of Toronto library

Bobby Glushko writes, "Something's going on at the University of Toronto's Robarts Library. A concerned group of citizens is investigating a conspiracy hiding facts about the mysterious and controversial past of this masterpiece of brutalist architecture. At the same time a noble, if shadowy, society is working to keep its secrets hidden." Read the rest

Trevor sez, "Friday and Saturday night, design collective The Mission Business transforms Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works into an end of the world evacuation facility run by the (fictional) leader in 'lifestyle biotech', ByoLogyc." Read the rest

The Arrival: graphic introduction to steampunk ARG

The Arrival is the opening salvo in a multi-year, multimedia steampunk alternate reality based in London. It tells the story of how restless mechanical servants were brought to Victorian England, servants who had to move always to recharge their batteries (this alternate world has a different sort of entropy than ours, I gather), and then broke free of their constraints with the help of human masters.

It's a nicely told, rather short introduction to a very rich world that is unfolding at Clockwork Watch. The organisers have put on some reportedly extraordinary live events in London, and there seems to be a lot more to come.

London 1899. Steam billows out from every corner of the city while huge Zeppelin airships float in the sky overhead. Enter the world of Clockwork Watch, a place where Victorian values are coupled with anachronistic technology, not least of which are the clockwork servants - the mechanical slaves that keep this society ticking along - this is the world of Steampunk.

Technological and social change is in the air - human-clockwork hybridisation is the talk of the town; the unwise employment of science has led to amazement and outcry - the public wants to know whether Science is about to play God.

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Futuristic Toronto ARG raising money on IndieGoGo

Trevor sez,

ZED.TO is a transmedia adventure that invites audiences to join the ranks of a biotech corporation called ByoLogyc. They're innovative and design-minded, they're the Apple of an emerging technological market, and they're working on a product that will change the lives of all involved... The project pulls from the domains of tangible futures, immersive theatre, and science fiction... but the experience is something brand new to Toronto.

The creators of ZED.TO are running an IndieGoGo campaign right now to help secure the funds for site-specific apocalyptic installations across Toronto over eight months (from Fringe Fest to Nuit Blanche, and a culminating event that we'll evacuate audiences out to this October).

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