An Interactive Exhibition of Unspeakable Things

October 26th, 2007 Comments Off

The American writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is without doubt one of the most important science fiction authors of the 20th century. Lovecraft’s Commonplace Book is a compilation of his ideas, wherein the reader encounters nameless abominations, giant underwater cities, ancient artifacts awakening forbidden memories, and dreams fading into reality. These and other fragmentary concepts are listed in a notebook that Lovecraft planned to revisit when developing later works of fiction. He never did — but now, following an invitation from Maison d’Ailleurs to commemorate the 70fh anniversary of Lovecraft’s death in an exhibition, and a competition organized by Illuminated Lantern Publishing, sixteen game designers from all over the world take up the challenge, and have developed interactive fictions based on the entries in the book.

The works will appear in the exhibit, opening on Saturday, October 27, 2007, through April of 2008. Gamers and Lovecraft fans unable to make the journey to the Maison d’Ailleurs can also access the works directly using the links below.

Both the online and the physical exhibit feature interactive fictions imagined by Jon Ingold (Dead Cities), Peter Nepstad (Ecdysis), David Whyld (The Cellar), Eric Forgeot, Hugo Labrande, JB, Samuel Verschelde and Jean-Luc Pontico (Lieux Communs), and Ruben Nieto, Juan Saldalgo, Santiago Eximeno, Javier Carrascosa and Pablo Martinez Merino (El Museo de las Consciencias). In addition, graphical works are also featured in the online exhibit, by Roger Tober and Nige Copeland (Handyman Wanted), and Thomas Busse (Beyond the Threshold).

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