Aquanesia Rochester
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7

100 years into the future, the city is hot, wet, and volatile. Temperatures have risen–and so have the flood waters. Public infrastructure has been overwhelmed by storms, which are frequent and extreme. Water, while abundant, is often not clean enough to drink or swim in. Despite all of this (or perhaps because of it) the city residents remain active and optimistic. With disaster as their common bond, they rise to the challenge of keeping their cherished city above water. Lately, however, residents have been having trouble with their memory. After each storm, murmurs of “aquanesia” circulate as more folks seem dazed, disoriented, and forgetful. What is this mysterious aquanesia? Can you find a cure before you too forget?

Aquanesia is a location-based game and performance set 100 years in the future in which players test their skills at different watershed-based activities to decipher a set of clues, which will help them unlock the mystery of how and why people are losing their memories of the past century.

Volunteer Roles

Volunteers help manage the Players when there is a line or preparing for or debriefing after an activity. There is at least 1 volunteer per activity, including the subsections of the Headwaters and the Source with two 3 hour shifts per day for a total need of 24 volunteer slots/day. Again, some volunteers may want to perform two shifts or on two days.

Volunteers are in light costume (coordinated outfits + Aquanesia accessories) and receive complimentary ticketing if they would like to play the game in their off hours.

Volunteer Application: Click Here to download and return or email ajohnson@rochesterartcenter.org

Notes for all roles:

        • Chairs are always available for rest; tent is always available for shade. However, volunteers should expect to move around more than not.
        • In general, volunteers will assist with pacing of the players in each station. If the Station’s Actor is engaged with one team already, the Volunteer may need to remind the next team to wait, or encourage them to try another station nearby if there is a clog in demand.

Check-In Station

        • LOW IMPACT
        • 2 people
        • Seated at table
        • Greet
        • Have players fill out release forms
        • Have players fill out pre-survey (provide wristband)
        • Direct players to nearby “Suit Up / Wade In” station

GAME STATIONS

Suit Up / Wade In

        • LOW IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Assist with miscellany, most likely facilitating player movement through the station and towards the next station to keep our one-team-per-10 minutes pace.

Centrifuge

        • LOW IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Assist with miscellany, most likely facilitating player movement through the station and towards the next station to keep our one-team-per-10 minutes pace.

Erosion Fence

        • HIGH IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • “Pitch” the balls downhill to players.
        • Recruit players to help return the balls after game play.

Algae Lake

        • MODERATE IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Help Actor reset the station, which consists of strands of “algal blooms” (astroturf, bubble wrap, etc) that the players must extract from the water using oars.

Invasive Species

        • HIGH IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Dump fish into launching pad (activated by Actor)
        • Re-set station by collecting fish

Infrastructure

        • MODERATE IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Help actor re-set station by moving water buckets (approx 1 or 2 quarts at a time).

Breach

        • MODERATE IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Help actor re-set station, which has a few basic mechanical interactions and involves a small amount of water.

Land Use

        • LOW IMPACT
        • 1 person
        • Assist with miscellany, most likely facilitating player movement. This station is precedes the end of the game (The Library) and the Land Use puzzle may entertain players for a varying length of time depending on whether there is a clog at The Library. The Land Use puzzle has several permutations, players could spend a variable amount of time with it.

Library (2 adjacent stations)

        • LOW IMPACT
        • 2 people
        • Assist with miscellany, most likely facilitating player movement. As the conclusion of the game, a small line could form.

The Source

        • LOW IMPACT
        • 1 person for survey
        • 1 person to encourage interactions and/or protect the installation

Other – Production Assistant

        • POSSIBLE HIGH IMPACT
        • Help solve small problems on the fly. Re-stocking water at Infrastructure and Breach, etc.
        • Duo Membership included with this role, as it would be a full day position.

Volunteers play a vital role in the success of Rochester Art Center’s programming. From ongoing administrative projects to gallery preparation and assistance at events, there are volunteer opportunities for every interest and skill set. Docent training and Internships are also available.

Fill out and return a volunteer application. Please contact us if you have any questions at info@rochesterartcenter.org
or 507-282-8629.