Game: Next Lunar Baedeker

By Alexandra Edwards

Marion L. Brittain, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Landing page of game featuring photo of Mina Loy“Next Lunar Baedeker” is an interactive text-based adventure experience that guides users through Loy’s “Feminist Manifesto.” Built in Twine, the adventure incorporates materials from other contributors to the platform, sending users on a twisting path through the text, its contexts, and related research. Along the way, users are required to interact with the text by making choices about their gender identity and self-expression, and are subject to randomized adventure experiences that may help or hinder their progress. They can even destroy the world.

“Next Lunar Baedeker” juxtaposes Mina Loy’s early twentieth-century Futurist feminism with our early twenty-first century digital media environment, enacting for users the interruptions, shocks, and breakages of concentration and consciousness that Loy sought to create for her readers.

Alexandra Edwards is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on early twentieth-century women writers and their relationships to networked media and the culture industry. She is best known for her interactive multi-platform storytelling, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards.