New artwork game explores intersection of individual trauma and climate induced wildfires

As the skies throughout the San Francisco Bay Place change an eerie darkish mix of orange and grey from the large fires burning throughout the American West, the perils of climate transform feel clearer just about every working day. 

But if somehow that nonetheless does not influence you of the need to have for rapid motion to mitigate its outcomes, you could possibly verify out Sin Sol, a new artwork video game by UC Santa Cruz assistant professor of Artwork & Structure: Game titles and Playable Media, micha cárdenas.

Sin Sol (No Sunlight) is an augmented fact game that allows players to knowledge the emotions of a weather modify event. Established 50 a long time in the upcoming, it tells the story of environmental collapse from the past—which is our existing in 2020. 

The match explores the intersection of individual trauma with environmental trauma, and how the feeling of currently being not able to breathe intertwines with the outcomes of climate induced wildfires. Element environmental archiving job, the environments in the activity include things like genuine 3-D scans of current-working day forests from the Pacific Northwest. 

People perform by walking in actual physical space to shift by means of an augmented landscape with a holographic AI character named Aura, a transgender Latinx woman, and her canine Roja. With the goal of multispecies survival and solidarity, the dog guides the players on a journey to escape the wildfires and obtain oxygen capsules which have poetry, telling extra of the tale as they development by way of the landscape.

“Sin Sol is an art game about the ways that local climate improve is differentially impacting men and women along strains of race, gender, ability and immigration status,” explained cárdenas. “It tells this story by way of a private narrative in a science fiction framework.”

“The video game learns from UCSC professor emeritus Donna Haraway’s urging in her most recent reserve for us to ‘stay with the trouble’ of climate modify, to face the difficult feelings we have, of loss and grief, so that we can drive by way of and uncover elegance and companionship, even in a entire world on fireplace,” she included.

Designed more than a few a long time in collaboration with a amount of artists, Sin Sol was made with the Essential Realities Studio—a studio/lab for essential idea and artwork exercise at UC Santa Cruz. Directed by cárdenas and supported by the Arts Division, it focuses on pressing concerns the entire world at this time faces, which include weather change, racism, and gendered violence.

While in advancement, prototypes of the function were being exhibited at the Thessaloniki Biennale in Greece (2019), the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York (2019), the Refiguring the Potential exhibition in New York (2018) and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (2018).

Cárdenas in addition did live performances of poetry and dance connected to the venture at the Thessaloniki Bienniale and the Leslie Lohman Museum. 


Note: Sin Sol is now accessible on the Apple App Store for Apple iphone and iPad.