Now Online: Video Games as Visual Culture

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My course FILM 80V Video Games as Visual Culture is now being offered as a UCSC Summer Online course beginning this summer. For 2020, I’m piloting an intensive 5-week version of the course. In the future, it will be offered in summers, as well as at least once at its normal 10-week length, during the normal academic year. I developed this course in 2009 to introduce the study of video games through their cultural meanings, visual, theoretical and social contexts.

Art Journal Summer 2020 Special Focus on Games and Landscape

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The Summer 2020 issue of Art Journal is here, and features my special focus dossier on game space and landscape, marking the first time video games have been included in the publication, since its beginnings in 1941. The issue and my project,  Horizons Already Here, can be viewed for free, until the end of September— see below. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all my collaborators and colleagues who made the special focus possible!

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Soraya Murray
Horizons Already Here: Video Games and Landscape

Soraya Murray
Artist’s Project: Harun Farocki’s Parallel

Dorothy R. Santos
Domain Errors within Interactive Speculative Space(s)

Eugénie Shinkle
Of Particle Systems and Picturesque Ontologies: Landscape, Nature, and Realism in Video Games

Alenda Y. Chang
Rambunctious Games: A Manifesto for Environmental Game Design

Hava Aldouby
An Outsider in Grand Theft Auto: Phil Solomon
Interview with Phil Solomon

Dorothy R. Santos
From Pixels to Text: Articulations of the Body in Digital Landscapes and Imagined Space(s)

Tracy Fullerton
A Year at Play in the Woods of Walden Pond

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Artist’s Project: The Long Road of Silicon