A “cozy catastrophe” is a recurring motif in popular narrative coined by British science fiction writer Brian W. Aldiss that refers to the “small band of survivors” confined by the limitations of safe space and the desperate circumstances of their given scenario. Often these survivors are unlikely comrades forced to depend on the strength, smarts and sanity (or lack there of) of total strangers for their survival.
PILOT HALLOWEEN 2016
Halloween 2016, Sumpter hosted a live gaming event inspired by this apocalyptic trope and the desire to cultivate disaster preparedness within her immediate circles of friends and family. The first Cozy Catastrophe pot-luck game night featured apocalyptic scenarios and doomsday conundrums played out in trivia, escapist obstacles, and other timed challenges inspired by classic game shows, survivor TV and typical threats depicted in popular film and video games.
MODUS PRESENTS: THERE'S NO TIME LEFT @ VOX POPULI
On June 9, 2017 Li Sumpter presented Cozy Catastrophe: TNT Interludes within the performative framework of Modus @ Moore’s There’s No Time Left at Vox Populi. In the form of “game show” segments exploring survival scenarios through popular media, Li engaged the audience in timed play and thematic puzzles about the art of survival and the future of Philly in the Age of Apocalypse.