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.