Every city is full of hidden stories, hard-coded into its buildings, its streets and its art –  stories that quietly enforce the rules we live by. Labyrinth uncovers those stories to that together we can rewrite the rules.

Twenty years ago, Marcus Curnow had his first experience of hacking Melbourne and was hooked. Since then he’s prodded and probed the stories of his city with thousands of people. Matt Valler was busy peddling hacked stories with people all around the world and when they met in a pub in the English countryside, there was no going back. A few visits to Melbourne later, and Labyrinth was born.

Labyrinth is a global community of hackers. Not the computer-hacking kind. We hack cities. We force open their hidden, unauthorised meanings so that we can create alternatives. And we love it! We’re passionate about the power of stories to change the way we live in the world, and we’ve seen it happen many times in city spaces that seemed worn-out of meaning. If you want to help us uncover these hidden stories then get hacking! Register your hack, have a go, and then send us what you found. We try and feature as much as possible on our blog.

You can experience Melbourne’s CBD with our Labyrinth City Hacks app (currently iOS only, Android coming very soon). London and other global cities will be added over the next few months.

We’re part of The Alchemy Project, experimenting with life and death stories. Based in London and Melbourne, Alchemy explores the power of narrative to determine who lives, who dies and who decides.

I will tell you something about stories,

[he said]

They aren’t just for entertainment.

Don’t be fooled

They are all we have, you see,

all we have to fight off illness and death.

You don’t have anything

if you don’t have the stories.

Their evil is mighty

but it can’t stand up to our stories.

So they try to destroy the stories

let the stories be confused or forgotten

They would like that

They would be happy

Because we would be defenseless then.

      LM Silko – Ceremony