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hero complex.

Video games today are no longer part of the entertainment industry. They’re a new industry, yet one as old as history—the Myth Industry. Games are about greatness. In games, we can become world-saving heroes. In fact, it’s assumed that we will be. It is the very structure of games to place each player into the role of the central hero in myth. Continue reading

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agrarian commune in the mountains.

“Atlas Shrugged” is the story of a collective strike against exploitation and the subsequent formation of an agrarian commune, all by means of collapsing the capitalist system from within. If that sentence doesn’t sound like the possible plot of a lost Eisenstein film, then take another read. Potemkin Shrugged, indeed. Continue reading

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on nearness to death.

The films “Martyrs” and “Black Swan” reveal a complex analogy linking the terms Truth, God, sex and art to the term death. Death, in this sense, occupies the ego’s empty center in the form of the death drive. This drive is best understood as a topological slope toward the continuity of pure existence. Read through Plato, Derrida, Freud, Zizek, Silverman, Salomé, Rilke, Neitzsche, Merleau-Ponty and Bataille, this experience of a “nearness to death” during life constitutes a productive evental space – creatively, erotically, and spiritually. Continue reading

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decay narratives.

We, as humans, have found our most meaningful relationship to time in the form of decay, collapse and apocalypse narratives. Why is this? Because decay is alchemy. Decay imbues everything with meaning. With a story, with a narrative. And this does something. It does the exact same thing art does. Continue reading

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