Welcome to the Story Garden
The Museum of Moving Art exists in a fantasy world. We call the fictional narrative that forms the foundation of the MOMA hybrid-game "the Story Garden".
In a recursive way, the gameplay also enhances and develops the Story Garden. This happens:
- face-to-face in the tabletop and live action role playing iterations of our game
- online here - through player contributions the fantasy grows in this Story Garden section of the wiki
- in open world simulators players make up and participate in scenarios
- in any other iteration of the MOMA Game story telling is a key interactive component
Adding your Story to the Garden
This wiki page goes into great detail about how the Story Garden grows and provides resources that you can use to develop & contribute to the Stories.
However, if you have come here with a Story ready to go, this link will help you share your story in the Garden quicker.
A world-class institution on a small Pacific island
Once upon a time there was an island in the south Pacific called Fafifi. It is in a rare class of Pacific islands, in that Fafifi was never colonized by the global North. In fact, by quirk of fate, the Island of Fafifi was simultaneously settled in 1780 by a shipload of pirates & queer refugees from London who made contact with a fleet of Pacific Islanders fleeing unrelenting war on their home island Bali Hai.
The result of the fateful contact of these two quite different (yet interestingly similar) ethnic groups, is the story we are to discover and tell. Largely, the new settlers decided to co-operate and make love. A creole language quickly evolved along with a politics fueled by the strong cultural traditions of the Islanders and revolutionary sentiments of the alienated Europeans. The resulting population eventually formed a nation state - the Commonwealth of Fafifi.
Now, over two centuries later (after fortuitously avoiding invasion during the second World War), Fafifi has grown into a small but significant country with a population of 96,230 (2020 census). Its thriving economy is based on agriculture, regional transportation (maritime & aviation), education and eco-ethno-tourism.
The Museum of Moving Art plays an important role in the economy of Fafifi and the influence of the nation on the world stage.
Gateways to the Garden
Among other things, the mind map below illustrates two important ideas relating to the MOMA fantasy, these ideas are:
- the flourishing of non-linear story telling
- the variety of different pathways and gateways into that story world.
A larger view of the mind can be obtained by clicking on the image (and then selecting "more details").
The gateways in the mind map represent the different means players and audience can access the Story Garden determined by the context in which they engage with MOMA. They represent different aspects of the MOMA Story dilivered at different occassions and within a variety of interations of the MOMA Game (for example the Table Top Board Game or an encounter with Live Action Role Play at a pop-up gallery event).
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Non-linear Story Telling
The WIKI as a writing tool
Story telling doesn't have to be Written
Essay; Art, Propaganda & Otherness
If you would like your story featured here, click this link to message David Rose. In the meantime checkout Frost on the Swag, a video from MOMA's Digital Collection.
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This video relates to the political story of Fafafi.