That battleships once they have completed the operational life can become floating museums is not new. But the story of D186 Mölders, former missile destroyer of the German Navy, launched in 1967 and retired from active service in 2000, is special.Transformed into an attraction of the Deutsches Marinemuseum at Wilhelmshaven, the vessel these days (from February 4 to February 8) took part in the “Project Exodus – An educational live role-playing game”, which analyses the narrative structure of the Tv series Battlestar Galactica in its re-imagined version of 2003.
The idea was to identify socially relevant topics and analogies between the fantastic narrative of Battlestar Galactica and western societies from 11 September 2001 to today and to implement these in form of a political educational live role-playing game. On the basis of this role-playing game, that for the time being will be done only in Germany (but it is not excluded that it may be set in the future also in other countries), the ship has been temporarily renamed Hesperios, a space cargo that having picked up a rescue capsule is – through events unknown to us – involved in the war between humans and Cylons.
By discovering hidden or repressed personality aspects and testing the social acceptance of these in a secure setting, participants personalities are developed, and new possibilities for social participation are created in a sustainable manner. According to the promoters of the project (which was sold out) since there are not “spectators”, in this kind of games personal emotions can be explored more deeply, and participation is facilitated for people who are self-conscious about performing publicly and who would therefore avoid more traditional theatrical forums. Which should make the method of live role-playing (RPG) an effective device in the field of political education.
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