describing things that don't exist (yet)

how do you describe a project you haven't finished making yet? when I sum it up should my focus rest evenly on the 'form' and the 'content'? It's so e

how do you describe a project you haven't finished making yet? when I sum it up should my focus rest evenly on the 'form' and the 'content'? It's so easy to skip that with describing books to people usually . . "i just read this book, it was about . . . ", you already know the form. With 'these pages. . ' we always knew that it was a story led project, and for me it's always important to get this across, that we're not just developing a platform.

Tom's written a beautiful three line description of the project . .

"Two cities, each overlapping the other. Streets bordering two worlds.

Two people who can no longer remember the other's existence.

Two books. Two platforms and a singular reading experience."

it's evocative and captures elements of both the story and the technology, but when i tell people about the project i trying to find clear ways to expand on this, to give people more detail, a sort of step by step 'this is what's 'actually' happening, this is what it's 'actually' about - here's a shot, if you read this and can understand the project clearly then we're winning . . .

This is a story about a moment when two cities overlap. These two cities exist in the same space and time, but they aren't aware of each other. It's a story about two people who have become separated, one in each city, about their fading memory of each other and their struggle to reconnect. One of the cities is your own, and so in some way you live in part of the story. It becomes about you and your place in your own city, about what you would hold on to, about what you would fight to remember.


This project can be described as a 'book', and in fact you do start with a book, a real physical book, a luxury item made from wood, paper and thread. This book contains two unfinished encyclopaedias, one of the 'other' city, describing its language, its customs, its history, and one of 'your' city, but this one is almost empty, waiting for you to complete it, but to experience the whole story you need to follow it off the pages and into the city.

The physical book acts as your guide to the rest of the experience, it details the locations of hard drives that are hidden around the city, and it gives you the dates they will be active (or turned on!).
These hard drives contain the texts that tell the rest of the story, they are 'offline', you can't access them remotely, you can only see and read what's on them by actually going there and using your own phone or computing device.
The physical book and the material on the hard drives are co-dependant, each requires the other to be fully understood.

Your journey across the city becomes part of the experience of the story, and the hard drives can be used to anonymously store and share your own content, what exactly you do with this possibility is up to you . .

Over the course of a few weeks you will travel your city, you follow the story hidden on the hard drives, becoming more immersed both in the fiction and in the city . .


- Emilie says this description feels unfinished, she's right . . there's an element of ownership and contribution that isn't detailed here, and a final coda to the experience which remains a bit of a secret,


but also maybe we just don't know what our last line is yet

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