In this my christening blog post, I’m paying homage to some of the women who have amazed me lately with their epic intelligence and originality. Without further waffling, here are my current role models:
Game Designer Tracy Fullerton
In my immediate attraction to socially responsible games and games about literature, I’ve recently become interested in the work of Tracy Fullerton, who does both.
Her work is thought-provoking to say the least. Fullerton worked with Bill Viola on The Night Journey (2009) an experimental game about the process of enlightenment inspired by writings from Buddhist, Islamic, mystic, Christian and classical philosophy. She also supervised the development of Darfur is Dying, a video game that interactively portrays the experiences of refugees living in the Darfur region of Sudan.
At the moment, it seems Fullerton is working on Walden: A Game, a project that is recreating Henry David Thoreau’s Walden pond experiment in a 3D virtual environment—this collision of naturalism and digitalism is utterly thrilling to my sensibilities. I’m looking forward to this. I will surely be writing about it.
Critical Theorist N. Katherine Hayles
I’m currently re-reading Katherine Hayles’s 1991 edited collection Chaos and Order, a delightful romp in systems theory, chaotics and literature. She makes impossible topics accessible and brings out the beauty of theory with gems like this:
The Gutenberg Galaxy of our day, Hayles’s How We Became Posthuman makes legible what it means to be human in the age of networked machinery, dissecting our cybernetic world with circumspection and apolitical curiosity. I recommend her to everyone.
Artist Lena Dunham
After watching the first two seasons of Girls, it’s hard not to be impressed with Lena Dunham, whose sex scenes removed the priority of female visual perfection and whose dialogue, like her character on the show, is startlingly real.
Dunham is an honest writer, as Not That Kind of Girl proved. Relating to what Lena has to say in her book, her films, her television series, sometimes feels a little odd because of how bluntly she presents the truth. We are obsessed with being worthy, and Lena dismisses that fixation in a way that I suspect is good for everyone.
Happy Women's Day!