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The Big Anxiety – Mental Jam

RMIT Culture2

Event Date: 19 September 2022 to 30 October 2022
Author / Presenters: The Big Anxiety

Tune in to artist Michelle Chen's free, online event for The Big Anxiety festival!

Mental Jam is a collection of video games co-created with young people about their lived experiences of depression and anxiety.

Video games offer interactive and immersive experiences that can inspire players to gain knowledge of the lived perspectives of others. Produced by the artist in collaboration with people with lived experience of depression and anxiety, this project shares their stories and invites us to explore the ways that games can express these experiences.

The game collection includes  ’Counter Attack Therapy’, which sees a humanoid cat named Alex who is struggling with depression,  ’Amour de Soi’  in which an anxious girl learns to love herself following a break-up,  ‘Anyo’, in which users face their own monsters and bring colour back to your world and lastly, ‘Sink/Swim’, which portrays depression through metaphor.

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