Digital America

Vi Trinh | Q+A

The Station (2020) is an interactive piece that takes place after the end of the world in a space station. The Station is based off of the Myth of Sisyphus and ties into the idea of nostalgia as a weapon of ideology. Two A.I. guides, Sabrina and Alex, accompany the…

Mirrored Perspectives : A Response to MBA 2k16 | Imani Shackelford

Through its digital manipulation of Spike Lee’s cut scene from the videogame NBA 2k16, Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz’s MBA 2k16 (2017) is a satirical film that explores both literal and hidden conversations of race and class. Upon first glance, the video merely depicts an interaction between ‘Freq’, a basketball player, and the owner…

True Match | Andrea Mikysková

True Match (2017) is a short video piece that questions and comments on how social media functions within capitalism. Andrea Mikysková uses stock footage of the biggest cosmetics and fashion warehouses to juxtapose material products with the intangible products “sold” on social media. The piece ends in a shocking culmination,…

The Perfect Soldier | Virtual Interactive Worlds

The Perfect Soldier is a performance piece that explores the connection between personality traits and the human soldier. Throughout history, the ideal of the perfect soldier was of an individual who was more machine than man, lacking core personality traits such as empathy, guilt, and doubt. As technological development advances,…

Facebook Friends Unite!

I had an unusual thought last night, and I’m going to attribute it entirely to a book I’ve been reading by Alain de Botton called Status Anxiety. Suffice to say, the book is a relaxing explanation as to the causes of status anxiety (defined as being anxious because of the…

On Getting Older (and Balder)

When I was younger, I kept my hair pretty long. This served two functions: 1. It allowed me to hide from the world, because no teenage boy with acne actually thinks they’re good looking, and 2. It made my head look bigger. Which, for a comic book nerd, is kind…