Adventures of Harriharri, 2020
Ateneum Arts Museum, Helsinki, Finland
UrbanApa X Ateneum Arts Festival 2020
Most recently, on August 22, 2020, I contributed a video game performance to UrbanApa x Ateneum Arts Festival at Ateneum Museum in Helsinki, titled Adventures of Harriharri. Through the form of a third-person action role-playing game, it tells the story of Harriharri and the numerous boundaries and obstacles he faces in pursuit of fitting into Finnish society. After I spent seven months studying the tools of digital game development, this was my first attempt at self-producing a digital game and performing it on a theatre stage.
Adventures of Harriharri is a prototype for a video game performed in hip hop. Through the form of a third-person action RPG, it tells the story of Harriharri and the numerous boundaries and obstacles he faces in pursuit of fitting into Finnish society. In order to conquer the most challenging levels of the game, Harriharri must draw upon a powerful combination of perseverance, grit and self-acceptance. However, even in the darkest moments one must have hope, victory could be just around the corner. No matter what, just keep going Harriharri! While traveling through strange new worlds and meeting a host of unlikely characters, Harriharri’s interactions and experiences are narrated through live rap and song. The virtual environment of the game is produced through a process of re-mixing found digital materials, 3-D assets and beats, thus bringing together game design technologies and hip hop methodologies. Join Harriharri on this hip hop fantasy adventure!