Tuesday, July 13, 2010


"The script remains unwritten..." Or so says the website of the Jejune Institute, a San Francisco-based project which seeks to "maximize human potential" -- really an interesting experiment in storytelling that combines scavenger hunt and mystery game. As you'll see on the website, the Institute says they have products and services such as the "Memory-to-Media Center," which renders your memories into video, a "Time Camera" that takes pictures from the past and future, and the "Aquatic Thought Foundation," which explores dolphin-human interaction. 

Don't ask. Just go to a free "introductory session" at their office in San Francisco. You may or may not be directed to a room where you will watch a roughly 10-minute video, at which point you may or may not be given a card of clues which may or may not direct you to various public locations within a few block radius of their building. You may or may not visit these locations to pursue the mystery they have sent you out to explore. You may or may not be instructed to make a phone call, or later, to listen in on a secret broadcast. 

Any or all of this may or may not happen. After all, you help write the script as you go. It's an intriguing little experience, takes 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Bring an open mind and a couple bucks with you. You may find your experience of everyday life turned ever so slightly, like the blind boy in Flannery O'Connor's story "Parker's Back," who does not know his destination has been changed.  

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