You are invited to play Thermophiles in Love, which will be featured at the Art Exhibit and Reception on Friday and Saturday evenings of SLSA 2016. We're still looking for teachers interested in having their students join participants from 6 universities. Or play as an individual thermophile!
To play the online version, just go and register for an account:
Thermophiles, a class of extremophiles, are bacteria that can thrive in extreme heat, such as the thermal vents of Yellowstone, or peat Bogs. They also are known for their romantic delusions, loyal friendships and occasionally wicked tempers. Our particular pool of characters put the extreme back in extremophiles.
Trouble is bubbling among the users of the 5-gender Thermophile dating site. The microscopic members are complaining about the site itself, the long work hours that leave little time for romance, and the gentrification of the once-affordable neighborhood sulphur vents. Like most organisms (micro or macroscopic), their primary goal is hooking up and finding someone who doesn’t mind their snoring. In this participatory netprov (internet improv) the complex permutations of affection among the five genders lend themselves to endless intrigue, complex data analysis, and comedy. Thermophiles in Love is a creative exploration of contemporary gender fluidity viewed through a microscopic collaborative narrative.
Thermophiles in Love, a netprov (2016) is an alternative reality game, an interactive art piece, and a transmedia production. It spans websites, social media platforms, film, dance, larp, and is centered around a netprov produced by Meanwhile Studios. The creators of Thermophiles in Love are Samara Hayley Steele, Cathy Podeszwa, Rob Wittig, and Mark Marino.