The Forever Club, episode 6: "We Prepare to Die"

Alan Bigelow

The Forever Club is an ensemble web comedy using a mash-up of videos, texts, interactive elements, animations, audio, memes, and visual remnants of social media.

This submission is episode 6 of The Forever Club: "We Prepare to Die." In this episode, the friends discover the threat of climate change and prepare for the coming apocalypse.

There are four main characters: Jordan, Cj, Karen, and Gabe. In addition to the characters' narrative lines, as revealed through videos, audio clips, landscape backgrounds, visual dialog, and the characters' constant interactions with their phones, this episode offers further opportunities for interactivity from the audience. Clicking (or touching) pop-up elements on the page lead to hidden elements. Three quizzes and a game ("Death Kill") also provide interactivity in this episode. In addition, fake ads, cut-away gags, and other elements provide layered nuances to the storyline and symbolic resonance for the work.

The Forever Club is built with HTML5, CSS & JavaScript and is viewable on desktops, laptops, phones, and other devices.

About the Artist

Alan Bigelow is the recipient of the Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature (2017); the Lauréat du Prix Poésie Média, BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média (2011); the Judge's Prize, Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition (2017); and First Runner Up, Digital Humanities Awards (2016). His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in the Library of Congress (USA), SFMOMA, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris),,, The National Art Center (Tokyo), Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, FAD, VAD,, The Museum of New Art, Art Tech Media, FILE, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, IDEAS, New River Journal, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and many other places worldwide. He is currently a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, USA.

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