A virtually interactive experience inspired by the oddities found in a mysterious pawn shop in downtown El Paso, curated for the Instagram platform. Austen is looking for the perfect birthday gift and there’s no better place to shop for one-of-a-kind trinkets than Daves A. Pawn Shop. Austen swings the door open and is mesmerized by the many objects filling the shop to its brim. There are so many options: which object should Austen choose?
YOU (the reader) will decide which object Austen buys– but tread lightly! Your decisions will dramatically alter the story.
In an unprecedented time such as this, we, as a society, have come together in social isolation. Virtual exhibitions, online concerts and zoom parties perpetuate a time sans covid: forced interactions underlined with nostalgia. For many years now, social media has been a way for us to connect; share experiences with each other from a distance. Scrolling, taping, swiping and sharing is the new norm; it has been for several years now. So why do we attempt to adapt situations to the virtual world that are clearly designed for the real world?
I attempt to innovate our current relationship with social media, honoring our existing experience, but with a creative twist. Visit TheBorderChronicles and navigate through the maze of profiles. Which of the 31 alternate endings will you get?
Story written by Haydee Alonso.
Mariajose Bujanda @majomahoe
Josias Castorena @castor_en_acidos
Kytzia Ornelas @kikiramen
Logo by: Analaura Fuentes @analaura_f
Funded by MCAD
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