Virtual Cultures In Pandemic Times Full Film


MUST WATCH: The new feature length documentary called Virtual Cultures In Pandemic Times premiered via YouTube on Saturday 2nd April 2022 created by the well known Draxtor Despres. It’s 1 hour, 24 minutes and 15 seconds long. It features how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected every day lives and how it’s had an impact on virtual worlds.

If you have missed the film then here is another chance to view it again. The film does contain flashing content. This is well worth watching and so far the overall reaction to this full length documentary has been all positive with over 4, 100+ views on YouTube so far.

About the documentary…

Since March 2020, Draxtor has been following UC Irvine Department of Anthropology researchers Tom Boellstorff, Evan Conaway, Chandra Middleton and Sandy Wenger around Animal Crossing and Second Life to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping online interaction.

In the film, protagonists from all over the world open up about their anxieties and everyday challenges during the last two years, and share what virtual worlds and social games mean to them in the context of a global health crisis.

Many hours of mixed reality interviews, group discussions in Second Life and a comprehensive survey filled out by over 4000 players/residents provide the basis for a sprawling narrative. What emerges through participant observation is a mosaic of impressions, voices and worlds belonging to people from all walks of life, who are actively engaging in community building in the digital realm as they are trying to make sense of a new age dominated by uncertainty and physical isolation.

Please spread the word and I do believe this film needs to win medals. Woooot! πŸ™‚

Great job Drax ! πŸ™‚

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Virtual Cultures In Pandemic Times


Draxtor Despres will be premiering his new full length documentary named Virtual Cultures in Pandemic Times at 1pm PT/SLT on Saturday 2nd April 2022. It will happening on YouTube and inworld. You can register interest on the main website here.

Since March 2020 Draxtor has been following a number of researchers based in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine to find out how COVID-19 is reshaping online interactions globally. The full documentary is 85 minutes long and it will be showcasing everyday challenges during the global crisis, the impact it’s had on virtual worlds and much more.

Here are some more details about the new documentary via the website.

Virtual Cultures in Pandemic Times is a new feature length documentary by media maker Draxtor.

Since March 2020, Draxtor has been following researchers Tom Boellstorff, Evan Conaway, Chandra Middleton and Sandy Wenger (based in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine) around Animal Crossing and Second Life to find out how COVID-19 is reshaping online interaction.

In the 85 minute film, protagonists from all over the world speak openly about their anxieties and everyday challenges during this global crises and about what virtual worlds and social games mean to them in the context of a pandemic.

Mixed reality interviews and group discussions provide the basis for a sprawling narrative: a mosaic of impressions, shared by people from all walks of life, some well known figures from science, arts and culture, some just regular folks (like the research team itself), trying to make sense of a new age dominated by uncertainty and physical isolation.

More work in progress clips and exclusive behind the scenes material is coming soon. Stay tuned for that.

Please check back for more information, we will add work-in-progress clips and exclusive behind-the-scenes material as time allows. We have entered post production and are moving to finish the film as fast as we can.

Don’t forget to sign up for the in-world and online premiere which will happen in SL and on YouTube at 1pm Pacific Time on April 2nd, 2022.

Please spread the word about the premier happening early next month.