Co-commissioned by The Financial Times and The Wellcome Trust, Hyperobjective is a new Coney game, to be presented as part of The Financial Times Festival Weekend.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for communicating the climate crisis?
This is the question we asked Leslie Hook, Climate & Environment Correspondent for The Financial Times. Her answer: the difficulty of grappling with our own agency inside the enormity and uncertainty of the systems in play, what philosopher Timothy Morton calls a hyperobject, when our brains prefer to simplify complex systems into stories.
From this conversation, we developed Hyperobjective, an experience for a sit-down audience to play. It’s a contest with prizes but uncertain rules, challenging players to find a way to win – individually and collectively. It simulates the experience of being inside a hyperobject, and reflects how individual personal choices alone will not help us meet the climate crisis – highlighting the hope that can be found in collective and political systemic solutions.
Earlier this year we playtested a prototype of Hyperobjective (then called 400) at The Wellcome Collection as part of Temperature Check, a night by Coney where we hosted youth activists, scientists, and more. Through the event we used interactive games to inspire hope and avoid eco-anxiety amongst young activists, develop understanding of the health co-benefits of climate action, and spark a wider conversation around future climate narratives.
Next, as part of The Financial Times Festival Weekend on Saturday 7 September, we’ll present Hyperobjective ahead of the Climate panel ‘Too Late to Save the Planet’ on the Main Weekend Stage. In the panel following the game, we’ll be joined by novelist John Lanchester, lawyer and activist Farhana Yamin, and Environment Writer of the Year, the FT columnist, Pilita Clark.
To find out more about The Financial Times Weekend Festival, and get tickets for the whole day including Hyperobjective, visit their website here.
And if you’d like to get involved in future playtests and chances to see work like Hyperobjective during its development, join our Network here.