A game about the true histories of the Americas…
Launch Columbus Day!
Debut Friday, October 11th @ 5pm
Race in Digital Space Conference MOCA Auditorium, Los Angeles
Inspired by the similarly titled mural by David Alfaro Siqueros- subsequently whitewashed in Los Angeles in 1932- Tropical America explores the causes and effects of the erasure of history. From the battles of Bolivar, to the single-crop economy of Cuba, the myth of El Dorado and the poems of Sor Juana de la Cruz, Tropical America reveals a forgotten terrain, the birthplace of contemporary cross-cultural life.
The users quest begins not before a massacre, as it is often the case in first-person shooter games, but rather after a killing occurs. The story of Rufina Amaya, sole survivor of the 1981 massacre of El Mozote in El Salvador, where more that 1,000 people died in the hands of the Atlacatl battalion, becomes the contextual anchor for "Tropical America", and the impetus from which the user will begin their journey.
For "Tropical America", El Mozote symbolizes the silencing of one peoples histories and the perseverance of its survivors to bring the events into the open.
A project of OnRamp Arts, 2002
OnRamp Arts is a non-profit media arts organization whose mission is to create and produce collaborative, innovative, digital media projects that bridge new technology, the arts and local communities.
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