Neo-Colonial Ouija

Neo-Colonial Ouija is a design response to Mosim Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place. Working off of the design and history of the Ouija board, the collective act of moving the Ouija piece becomes a metaphor for the relationship between the local, the national and the corporation within a post-colonial context. What types of power are at play? Ouija was originally designed as a parlor game in 1890 by American industrialist, Elijah Bond. Over the years it became associated with the occult due to the perceived mysterious movement of the triangle when guided by multiple players. In this design, Ouija becomes a role-playing game to discuss the politics in the power of the collective.