Avatar days

4 minutes

Elves and wizards go to work: a day in the life of online role-playing devotees

Many consider video games as mere escapism, but for a dedicated group of online role-playing gamers, virtual reality can merge with daily life in surprising and enlightening ways. As these gamers walk to work, or wait on line at the supermarket, they carry with them the fantastical creatures and mythological worlds of their video-game lives. In Avatar Days, this blending of worlds is made literal: using advanced 3D technologies and motion-capture animation, the film brings players’ in-game characters to life.

Director: Gavin Kelly

Producer: Dave Burke

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

Idea/Death

Ghosts and ghouls haunt the living with a message about life

Thomas W Laqueur

Video/Travel

Rail workers battle winter’s worst in this kinetic, Oscar®-nominated classic

8 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Video/Stories & Literature

How E E Cummings’s most famous love poem reaches towards transcendence of self

9 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani