Manhunt - urban game

Manhunt - urban game

Urban sound-narrative experiment through the streets of a provincial small town, the best place to hide if the Company is after you.

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May 9, 2022 1 min
Unfamiliar sensation in a familiar city. All what the intel says is that you left a sign not long ago. And my job is to locate it. During the training I have learnt that I have to collect every evidence, and that often is a piece of insignificant information that is going to save your life. They have told me that here, in Piazza Deffenu, used to transit carriages heavy with salt, wine, cheese and animal skins. This was the landing ...
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City Townhall, a shining white building that stands out against the intense blue of the sky. Pretend gothic, pretentious just like the rulers of this city, king soldiers who no one remembers with joy. Students and loafers hang out under the colonnade. I walk across several times, trying to mingle and to go unnoticed, while I am busy looking for the sign somewhere around – it would be dangerous for me to stop here. I’m not dressed t...
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I am following the traces of a loved one, someone who is probably hiding here, hiding even from me. Two newsagent kiosks, under the statue of one of those king soldiers, Carlo Felice, look at him, dressed like a Roman general. They somehow perversely built this statue to celebrate those who invaded and defeated them, the ancient Romans first, and later the Piedmontese. Funny thing, the statue was supposed to point to the northern r...
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Here they are, two columns, two of the many obelisks that mark this city. But these are the only uneven ones: one taller than the other, and I know to find them in front of the church of San Michele. This church is the glory of the Jesuits, always feared and always cast out from Cagliari, once even with an assault during the 1848 uproars. But they always came back - over the centuries. I know that I cannot go unnoticed entering fro...
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You told me going back to Cagliari would be good for me. You sent me to encourage a research team on cyber security. Well, your plan was for me to steal any good idea, for the Company. I liked you for your hands-on attitude, and because you were cynical, with that sloppy elegance that you affected in your professor’s persona. I’m enjoying the fresh breeze in the circular garden inside the old run-down hospital, holding this poisono...
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The obsequious janitor still recognizes me, and lets me in, but tells me to hurry up. Here in the old anatomical theater, where they used to dissect bodies, here I saw you play your last comedy, on behalf of the Firm, surrounded by young naive newly graduated students, and you right in the middle, at the place of honour, that of the corpse, alluring them with your perfect power-point and your tweed jacket, looking at me, every now ...
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The white Tower, St Pancrazio, the tallest in the city. We climbed it together, mixed with tourists from the cruise ships, to forget ourselves amidst the sky, in the wind, our shoulders turned to the sea at the horizon. And you made the list of my flaws: idealist without pretensions, vulnerable in affections, hopeless in those memory exercises I stubbornly applied myself to. It still hurts thinking of you explaining how I was "...
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I meet her at the Bastione Santa Croce. She is chubby, full of tattoos, plump lips and bright eyes. She is showering me with old design ideas, but you can tell, she is suffering, she is a working poor, works a lot, doesn’t get much money. We are leaning on the railing overlooking the city, getting lost amidst lines of roofs and ponds on the horizon, basking in the sun. She claims she saw you right here, a month ago, in front of the...
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This is where I grew up, Vico III Genovesi a narrow lane in the part of town they call Castello, the castle. Here I played and suffered amidst peeling walls and dark stairwells, with the constant smell of boiled cabbage, before I could escape to afford decent studies and clothing. This was a neighbourhood of poor and noble, and I wasn’t noble. It hurts looking at this slice of sky between washing lines, it is your fault, you forced...
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May 18, 2022 1 min
t was you who told me the story of the Beauty of Sanluri, who in 1410 made love to Martino the Younger, invader of Sardinia already weak with malaria, exhausting him to death. Here, in the Cathedral of Cagliari in front of his fake baroque mausoleum, here I find cool and silence. A fake mausoleum and probably fake is also the story that in order to mate the last heir of the Counts of Barcelona and Infante of Spain, they built a use...
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Of course, the elevator to descend from the high part of the city still doesn’t work. Issa, instead, had the bad luck to fall, crushing, thrown down head first, like the Spanish invaders used to do with the locals from Cagliari, when they were found inside the Spanish quarters at sunset after the sound of the horn. Issa, known as the fifth Moorish, with his passion for cryptography, motorcycles, and sweaters worn on naked skin. I w...
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XIX Century landscape here at the Public Gardens, with shadow of big trees, aged statues, children screaming, moms talking about doctors, retirees reading the newspaper. I'm here to look in our mailbox, a crack in a rock hidden by a cobblestone. And after so many missed appointments this time I find your note. You acknowledge my presence. I was hoping you'd ask me to escape with you, but you offer me money instead, in excha...
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Dr. Morelli awaits me in the shade of the pine trees of a garden, facing the round square, Piazza d’Armi, dominated by the old prison from which they say no one ever managed to escape. He is one of the potential buyers of the codes, he represents a rich Danish research trust. He says that blockchain, with our codes, would help develop trust and freedom, and how much it would improve everybody’s life if it became Open Source. Moral ...
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This joke of a castle was supposed to protect Santa Igia, the city on the pond that dreamed of becoming the capital of a liberated Sardinia. The city was invaded from the sea and levelled to the ground instead. Right ambition, bad timing. A lesson that also applies to you. And here you are, finally, I can see your back from a distance, heavier and slightly dishevelled while you talk with Aaron Zafir, your old cyber security researc...
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Piazza San Michele. Locals skirt it, but they don’t walk inside, it's scary crossing this white marble pond from which the pointed shape of the church emerges. A church that was designed when people believed that religion should be understandable and popular, with dust-coloured concrete buildings, just like this, as sad as the surrounding housing commission. Here is where the Company wants me to meet with two former soldiers, w...
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Gleaming sunlight and gusts of wind enveloped the piazza, populated by burnt, tormented visages. It’s the market of Via Quirra: irresistible bargains on the outside, on the inside, the noisy and gentle people of this city who loves food above all, indulging in all the delicacies the Market has to offer. The appointment was set to be here. I wander through the fish stalls and gossip with the vendors, I sampled some raw mussels, take...
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No matter where you go, the central market of any city tells you a lot about the character of its people, it’s the joyful belly of the city. Here, at the San Benedetto market, locals take their guests to show off, and politicians come here to meet ‘the real people’ on electoral tours. You lose yourself in the aromas, the sounds, the vibrant colours. After countless laps through the countless stalls and booths, after a few tastings ...
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Water, trees, and architectural frames worthy of a modern metropolis. The Park of Music projects you into an alternate world, peaceful, soothing. Philippine families linger around on one side, groups of teenagers sunbathe on the vast lawns. I have an aperitif with Gualtiero, he’s been in a wheelchair since he was a kid, has a beautiful and bright face, and tells me how maths saved his life. He assists young IT Startups to avoid the...
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May 27, 2022 1 min
The EXMA used to be the town’s slaughterhouse, with blood-coloured walls and bull heads mounted in stone to decorate the spaces between the arches, with perfectly round windows that always marked my nightmares, ever since I was a child. In the sunny square I meet Grizzled Ben, a man who was there for the internet’s debut, who knows everyone and everything on social media. With this knowledge, he controls the city from his bar and i...
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The Church of Saint Saturnino is open today. This building makes me feel sorry for it, destroyed, rebuilt, vandalised for fifteen centuries, with the last wound inflicted by some window fanatic who wanted to place glass panes in the archways. Too much light for a paleo Christian church turned into an airport waiting room. And yet, and despite it all, in here you can still find peace and soothed murmuring. Soothed is also the office...
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