UKAI Migration Residency x Raashan Ahmad, 2020

— A RPG (role-playing game) to contribute collaboratively to a musical universe

UKAI Projects in Toronto, Canada explores new models of cultural production. The UKAI MIGRATION prototyping residency is a 9-month incubator for 9 arts organizations looking to migrate to digital production and workflows.

The residency gathered over 50 artists, designers–prototypers, and cultural creators to create different outputs:

  • Prototypes of individual and hybrid digital products,
  • An open-source resource toolkit for other organizations looking to do the same, and
  • Evolved business models, governance, and workflows.
“We are part of a digital exodus and we need to make sure that everyone can see themselves in the culture being shared online. This residency will support culturally diverse performing arts organizations to migrate to digital platforms in ways that align with the qualities and traditions of their practice. We are asking artists and cultural producers to prototype approaches to reach people during a time of distancing.”

Our client, Raashan Ahmad, is an artist and musician residing in New Mexico looking to migrate the co-creative nature of music into a parallel creation that fosters collaboration and togetherness during hard times. We worked with co-designer Bianca Li Channer.

Our response was to develop a game where players from all over the world could add scenarios, characters, challenges, and prototypes that answered those challenges to an ever growing universe based in Raashan’s songs.

In the final prototype, the game can be played online by connecting with other teams or families in quarantine, or IRL in communities where gatherings are allowed.

The game should be available to download and print (for families, libraries and community centers), or in an online platform.

The prototype RPG can be seen in this Miro board, including how to play: