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Khthonios: Orpheus & Eurydice

Gather at the Franklin Wilkins Reception
17/10/2014 (19:00-23:59)

Part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2014: underground.

Tickets £10. As spaces are limited, booking is required via our E-store page.

Booking will open on 17 September.

A Digital Humanities production presented by the Arts & Humanities Research Institute.


17 October 1940 - You are cordially invited to the wedding of O. Oeagrou and E. Apollou

When tragedy strikes it's up to a small group of friends of the bride and groom to risk their sanity and their souls to try and right a terrible wrong and reunite two separated lovers. Taking on the role of a wedding guest you will embark on a mission which will take you from 1940s London to the depths of the underworld to confront the denizens of Hades' realm. Few mortals have dared to attempt such a feat and even fewer have returned to the land of the living unscathed. Along the way you will be asked to complete tasks which will challenge, educate and entertain.

Will you succeed? And what will be the price?

Based on the successful 'Midnight Run' event, Khthonios ('in, under, beneath the earth') is a shared, immersive performance, the exact components of which will only be revealed during the event itself. Taking place around the King's College London Waterloo and Strand buildings, participants will be lead on a mysterious journey and, over the course of the evening, given the opportunity to create, think, feel, do and, above all, be part of a shared narrative experience.

Khthonios may involve periods of sustained, moderate physical activity, mild horror, nudity, sensory deprivation and tight spaces. Participants should wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes/footwear and are encouraged to bring camera-enabled phones. Some food will be provided.

Not suitable for those under 18.


From a BA Ancient History (Serpentine monsters) and MSc Archaeological Science (Unreal Tournament for Archaeological Modelling), Dr K Faith Lawrence completed a doctorate with Electronics and Computer Science, Southampton, centred around online communities, narrative and the semantic web. Her thesis investigated community-centred design for emergent technologies through the case study of online fiction archives and author communities.

As a Digital Humanities Specialist at the Digital Humanities Observatory, Dublin, Faith was actively involved in raising awareness of Digital Humanities standards and practices across Ireland. Now a Research Associate at King's College London, Faith is involved in numerous projects from using linked data to connect Gnomologia and prosopographies from the ancient world to C20th musical theorists via Medieval witness testimonies and probate rulings. In her "free time" she researches narrative annotation, linked data and fan works.

Drew Baker is a Research Fellow within the Department of Digital Humanities at Kings College London. One of the founding members of the King's Visualisation Lab he has worked in the field of 3D visualisation and interpretation of archaeology and history since 1997. He has specialised in the area of 3D modelling specifically using interactive VRML and virtual world technologies.

His primary area of interest is in using 3D and advanced technology to bring cultural history from traditional passive media into interactive new media transforming the user into an active participant though exploration of virtual worlds and artefacts, the process of developing such environments and interactions and the long term preservation of digital cultural heritage.

Drew's personal research area is in the 1st century Campania region of Italy focusing on the Roman colony of Pompeii, insula VIII.7 and the history of the rediscovery and archaeological excavations of the area since their destruction in 79AD.

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