After about 4 years of working on this project, I have finally released circuits.
This is crazy scary for me. Not just because I’m sending my art into the world, but also because I don’t know what responses this project might elicit. But I’m also tired of being too scared to release it and I really, really want to share these words with you all.
circuits is an interactive narrative about what it means to talk about trauma. My goal in creating the project was to try and convey all the ways in which trauma narratives are silenced—by institutions, the media, and beyond. It’s ironic that my own fears have kept me from releasing this project for so long. But, with the rise of #MeToo and the vast public acknowledgement of sexual harassment in institutions and, in particular, the literary arts, it seemed like an important and necessary time to release this work.
In many ways, I still don’t know how to define circuits. I don’t know if it is a poetry collection, or a game, or an art piece. Maybe it’s all of these things or none of them. I finally decided to release it on itch.io, because I felt like this space allowed the work to slip and slide between these boundaries (and maybe help collapse some of them as well! The music, words, and photos are all my own. In many ways this project is a part of me. I hope that you can find something in this project that resonates with you and, if you have any comments, please feel free to reach out at any time.
circuits is free to play, but a small donation can be made in support of the game and this would, of course, be greatly appreciated and help support my future projects.