The year is 2033. Standing at the edge of the Old Williamstown Pier, looking back over the murky bay to the hypnotic glow of the City. From here the power of the beast is clear, but on the inside a comforting illusion blinds the people from the very reality they sit within.
Before we knew it technology had evolved from phones in our hands to chips in our heads, and with each OS update, another level of freedom was sacrificed for convenience and pleasure.
Now, the commodity everyone is chasing is Happiness, and harsh truths of the world are avoided at all costs.
This pursuit is largely lead by Happiness Inc. a mega corp who specialise in Happiness Filters and Sensory Enhancers. The first blocking out unwanted stimulus from our digital vision, and the second filling life the most enjoyable experiences of the senses possible. As the world burns we fall further into this augmented reality, chasing false dreams like moths blinded by the light they believe will save them.
At the Sea-works Outpost in the uncharted industrial wastelands the outcasts live. Scientists, Rebels, Misfits, Hackers, Refugees and Truth Seekers. Many un-chipped, and those who are still plugged in, using custom operating systems free from manipulation.
The Outpost has many operations and expressions.
One is a rogue group of Cyber Warriors who upload messages of truth to those they believe have hope, but too often they are swiped away to peoples peripherals and digital trash cans. Over time, and with persistence, a minority are compelled to dig deeper and go against their surface desires, and find their way to the outpost. If you have found this message, and read this far, we encourage you to take this leap of faith, well aware of what you will be giving up. If you make it to the Outpost we advise you not to enter our community with your clothes and technology of the City, as for safety reasons it will be met with interrogation.
The Sea Shepherd are another important faction here, a group of Ocean Activists who have been protecting the ocean for 52 years since 1981. They regularly head to the ocean to protect the remaining species and fight destructive fishing and dredging. They also work closely with hackers to fight the marketed lies of ‘Happy Salmon’ and other myths of friendly, sustainable fishing that are fed to peoples sensory input data.
Other areas focus on education, survival training, defence and sustainable food and positive technologies. While our community strengthens, the ability to influence the outside world often feels futile. The happiness filters and neural pleasures at everyone’s fingertips have led to a complicit society, who seem very disinterested in real change.
In light of this, more drastic measures are being considered. We now possess the technology to release a virus to the entire global network, that would erase all filters and leave the raw exposed truth. With some of the community for it, and some against, on July 22nd a decision will be made with it’s consequences, yet to be known.
Escape plans and access passes here.