Architecture + Arts

Let’s Create Thriving Alternate Realities and Social Spaces

Minecraft is not just a blank slate where players can create worlds but is part of a larger media ecology that honors...

Bianca Carague Written by Bianca Carague · 21 sec read >

Games like Minecraft are not just a blank slate where players can create worlds. Players world-make within a certain framework and encoded game mechanics.

As Minecraft rewards players for subverting the other inhabitants of the game world for their consumption, players participate in a larger media ecology that honors a neoliberal worldview.

As social and environmental issues grow increasingly dire, let us ask ourselves if it’s possible to modify Minecraft’s code. In what ways can we hack our real socio-economic systems and create pockets of alternative realities in which everyone can thrive?

Written by Bianca Carague
Bianca Carague is a designer with an interest in cognitive science, politics and well-being. Currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Design in Design Academy Eindhoven, her work focuses on understanding the environmental, cultural and socio-political implications of design and technology through a speculative lens. When she first started breeding insects for human consumption in 2016, she realized she had a knack for making space for conversations about topics and practices that are typically considered taboo. She is also a scuba diver, piano player, Skillshare teacher and ENFP-A. Profile