Habbo Meta-participation room
The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed that current political theories and the interfaces they gestated were designed for the homogenizing needs of industrial mass societies and have not yet accounted to our lived and wished equality and freedom. Parting from this sudden interruption of physical-basedinteractions, we aim to question the theoretical metaphor that frames these as the basic ethico-political gestures of civic participation. Considering that video games feedon users’ desire for participation and control over the social context/ethical life inwhich they exist, we will attempt to hijack an existing game to build a tool (andframework) for democratic participation. By replacing the statal metaphor based on simplification and generalization with a ludic one that fosters complexity and overflow, the project proposes to play with Habbo Hotel to explore its possibilities and speculate what kind of political covenant and forms democratic participation can be generated within this online social game.