MONOPOLYOKwago, Manila, 2022
The Tagalised word for “monopoly”, MONOPOLYO is a text-based game and interactive webzine that takes you on a real estate shopping spree in New York in the 80s to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martial Law in the Philippines. It was co-developed with Czyka Tumaliuan and published under Kwago for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair as the recipient of their Volume Grant. It was built using Twine, an open source, nonlinear storytelling tool.
The zine is a satire, seen from the point of view of Ferdinand E. Marcos, that shows the frivolity and sheer ridiculousness of the theft committed by the Marcos family, and their shameless refusal to acknowledge their crimes against the Philippine people. The zine folds into a dice, pointing to words and phrases instead of numbers to open up conversations and reflections about Martial Law, especially in the Marcoses’ ongoing attempts to rewrite history.
This zine culminated in a workshop titled Parallel Play: Twine for Soft Subversions. It was recorded and can be watched at Printed Matter’s YouTube channel.
The webzine is available to play via browser at Kwago‘s website, or on itch.io. The dice is also downloadable as a PDF.