Machinima + Vid?: Interface and Gender in Unofficial Authorship and New Media Studies

[My MiT5 Abstract (the paper that didn’t happen–yet, at least)]

On the surface, films made from videogames (machinima), and fan-authored music videos (fanvids) seem to emerge from different worlds. Whereas the aesthetics of machinima have evolved out of hacker videogame culture—out of forums and behaviors that have been discursively gendered male, fanvids have evolved out of the more overtly female media fan communities, in which participants are concerned with exploring characters and romantic relationships in greater depth by authoring their own derivative texts. Although cultural and gendered discourses may seem to separate these two emerging derivative art forms, if we move past these culturally-enforced divisions, we can see inherent similarities in their modes of creativity, if not in the communities within which they have developed.

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