When it was first discovered, arrayed across a series of mislabeled floppy disks in a forgotten basement storage box, they didn't know what it was. But they saw what it later became: A semi-mythological, dual-screened techno-artifact, circulating endlessly among concentric underground circles whose members' esotericism increased with proximity to the center.
Was it merely a game, as some on the outer rings of initiation dared to suggest? A practical joke, invented specifically to provoke academic gossip? Or was the ritualistic act of engagement with the device itself a portal to human enlightenment- an invitation for worthy players to replicate themselves into an immortal digital consciousness?
(A collaboration with Hannah Epstein.)