NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Sigils of Helstrom, A New Earth: the unveiling of a new universe of creative works by Karina “Kitten” Harper will be exhibited at The Den at The Howlin Wolf, 907 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA, on Monday, May 2, from 5-11 p.m. This free one-day arts event/exhibition will also feature a variety of local art and music exclusive to the WEIRD rpg.
The WEIRD rpg is an immersive, interactive gaming experience created by Ms. Harper after over a decade of research and development in world culture and folk traditions. Each player character will interact with their environment and other alien races to gain the Sigils of Helstrom, but only through challenging their ideas about culture and society, and striving to be a wise and empathetic being.
The evening will feature a collection of cast bronze filigree sculptures by Ms. Harper that represent the satirical stories behind the Sigils and demonstrate the philosophy of the WEIRD rpg. Local artists are collaborating on the project and the event will include exclusive folk compositions by Thomas Thoreau, performed by the Indie Folk Orchestra, a variety of local musicians performing the theme music for the WEIRD rpg composed by Joseph “Calloway” Cieslak, and concept art by New Orleans artist Alexander T. Cardosi who will also be contributing with a live painting demonstration of Helstom’s alien life at the event.
Karina “Kitten” Harper is a mixed media fine artist that specializes in casting bronze filigree. Through object symbology she references forms and shapes that are already familiar and reinvents them to ask new questions about what they mean in modern day society.
“I have been working passionately and diligently to include a diverse array of cultural stories and themes from folk heroes and villains from around the world. It is exciting to see this creative storytelling project finally come to life.” Says Ms. Harper, “Stories unite us in common purpose. I want to tell a story that all of humanity can vibe with, so we can learn to grow into a peaceful people that values symbiotic relationships with each other and our environment.”
Chapter 1 of the WEIRD rpg is set in an allegorical post-apocalyptic utopia. Earthlings are given a second chance on a new planet after destroying their home world. Thrown into a new culture full of intelligent alien life, humanity will need to adapt or face extinction. Will they learn to form symbiotic relationships in this new environment or will players fall into old patterns of xenophobia and exploitation? Each character will have the opportunity to explore the consequences.
For now, The Sigils of Helstrom, will be on display for one night only at The Den at The Howlin Wolf, 907 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA, on Monday, May 2, from 5-11 p.m.