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|Description: “…a bizarre Internet phenomenon: an “immersive” online experience—part mystery, part game, part who knows what—known as both the Incunabula Papers and Ong’s Hat. Those were the abbreviated titles of documents that someone posted on The Well, a pioneering Internet social site in the late 1980s.The Incunabula Papers/Ong’s Hat was, or is, a “many-threaded, open-ended interactive narrative” that ”weds an alternate history of chaos science and consciousness studies to conspiracy theories, parallel dimensions, and claims that computer-mediated environments can serve as magical tools.Fortunately: After sitting largely dormant on the social Web site for a decade, the documents provoked a widespread “immersive legend-trip” in the late 1990s. Via Web forums, participants investigated the documents—manifestos—which spun up descriptions of brilliant but suppressed discoveries relating to paths that certain scientists had forged into alternate realities. Soon, those haunted dimensions existed in the minds and fantasies of Ong’s Hat’s many participants. That was evident as they responded to the original postings by uploading their own—all manner of reflections and artifacts: personal anecdotes, audio recordings, and videos—to augment what became “a really immersive world, and it was vast.”
The Incunabula documents actually existed. Part esoteric knowledge relating to cutting-edge theories resonant with (pseudo) chaos and string theory, part rococo hooey, among their many tantalizing references were several to legends and rumors pertaining to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Some participants actually embarked on pilgrimages there, to the Pine Barrens’ American Indian gateways to other worlds, to investigate such claims as that residents of a “Moorish Science Ashram” were hard at the work of necromancy and sorcery in Ong’s Hat, a New Jersey “ghost town.”
Most, however, lived out its strange dimensions—and expanded them—via the Internet. The Incunabula Papers was, “one of the earliest Internet-based legends, a mythmaking system, an ARG [alternate reality game], and/or an elaborate hoax.” Whatever its claim on truth, it induced extraordinary responses from, and experiences for, participants—many were “transported,” somewhere, if only on a thrilling fantasy ride.
The trip peaked in 2001; then, one of its known originators, Joseph Matheny, an American artist who creates works using alternate-reality gaming and “transmedia” storytelling methods, called a halt.” – The Chronicle of Higher Education
|The Incunabula Papers: Ong’s Hat and Other Gateways to New Dimensions (PDF)|
This is a free copy of the entire CD ROM described here.The account of renegade researchers who broke the dimensional barriers and were pursued by the “powers that be” because of it. Told through the person of Joseph Matheny who discovered their story years later. Version 2.0 of the Incunabula CD ROM includes both volumes of the Incunabula Papers Digital, plus bonus audio and video tracks. Mac or Windows compatible Internet enhanced E-Book on CD ROM.
|Scans of the Original Docs(HTML)|
|Download the scans of the Original Docs from this site (HTML) Incunabulum: cocoon; swaddling clothes; cradle; in-cunae, in the cradle; koiman, put to sleep, winding- sheet; koimetarium (cemetery); printed books before 1501, hence by extension any rare & hermetic book… IntroductionThis catalog is a reproduction. This is not a commercial advertisement. ECommerce links to the available books are offered a as courtesy to researchers. Consider this first file an unusually complete bibliography to the story that unravels in the companion files.|
|The Original Graphic Novel (PDF)|
|A companion piece that went along with the original CD ROM and the print book. Here it is archived in color in a downloadable PDF or on Scribd.Download the original color graphic novel from this site (PDF) Also on Scribd|
|Ong’s Hat in the new Weird New Jersey- Volume II|
|Excerpts from TINAG Excerpts from This is Not a Game used with permission of the author|
|The Nick Herbert Dossier|
|The Strange Quist File|
|The California Shack|
|The California Ruins|
|The Emory Cranston, Strange Interview|
|The DW Cooper Dossier|
|Original black and white and original color tinted art, in high resolution JPEG format. Donated by collaborator James Koehnline|
|The Old HTML version|
|Incunabula Research Center at Deoxy|
Any and all profit made over the years from the eBook sales, the CD ROM (out of print) and the print edition of this material were donated to the Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project, in honor of the members of The Formless Ocean Group who have passed on before us: Nina Graboi, Elizabeth Gips, Paddy Long, Betsy Herbert, and Robert Anton Wilson.