Live Action Role-Playing game
 2021
installation, 3 videos,
printing materials

In one of the former classes, the artists are offered to play a role-playing performative game that represents social and political institutions as a utopian school where knowledge and resources are exchanged. Turning to methods of underground activity, the project uses a modern context - the practice of self-help groups, which become the ideal school, and the ideal school - self-help groups.

Live action role-playing becomes a hybrid form that exists between installation, performance and play, where all roles and actions are prescribed and imagined by the players themselves. Artists acting as facilitators and set designers, setting a story arc, invite players to go through impending events, reflecting on their positions. Initially, the project was built around the practices of self-help groups - telegram-chats, forums and communities that build forms of horizontal connections, but then we decided to consider this phenomenon from a more sensual and emotional side:
what drives people to action and inaction?

what resources, privileges and comfort are we willing to share, in what situations, and where is the personal threshold of action and inaction for each of us?

 

Role-playing games can help you cope with crises at a safe distance and try out unusual patterns of behavior. Using the theoretical basis and practical advice, the viewer goes through the game's labyrinth, consisting of a series of puzzles and interactions, informational and game components. Acting as an experimental platform, the game balances collectivity and community, violence and support, and tries to find a form of coexistence based on shared experiences and differences.

 

The project was a continuation of the collaboration between Natalia and Clarinda, which began in the winter of 2021, when a series of protests took place in both Russia and the United States. The project is built around shocks and their living, and explores the phenomenon of self-help networks that develop during ongoing crises.

 

Supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding and CEC Artslink

MUTUAL
AID
SCHOOL

made together with 
Clarinda
Mac Low and
Asya Volodina