MinDcraft at New Museum’s IDEA CITY FEST

MindCraft will be featured at the NEW MUSEUM's 2015 IDEAS CITY Festival in the Bowery neighborhood of downtown Manhattan from May 28 to 30, 2015. IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with culture as a driving force. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, it is a major collaborative initiative between arts, education, and civic organizations centered on the belief that culture is fundamentally and inextricably vital to urban growth and innovation. The theme of this year’s Festival is The Invisible City. MindCraft is a multimedia installation that

Your Place or Minecraft?

Through my work at the Technoculture, Art and Games Research Center at Concordia University, I am participating in this first-of-its-kind academic conference geared towards researchers studying the video game Minecraft (Mojang, 2009). Because of its open-ended format, multiple play styles, creative possibilities, and even its practical uses in education and architectural planning, Minecraft has attracted a huge and diverse audience. The game has also has proven to be an extremely rich source of scholarly engagement, and its possibilities for research are only in the fi


Mariko, a.k.a. Gamerwife is a Montreal based geek lifestyle blogger.  For her website she often interviews ladies who make video games. Dames Who Make Games, as she calls it, has featured many people from QA tester to company VP. I was very honored when she asked me to join this illustrious list of women creators. Here is a little intro to the interview. If you are interested in reading the full post, please visit her blog GAMERWIFE. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="570"] Photo by Mattias Graham at GAMERella Game Jam 2014[/caption] "This edition of D


Some of my most talented friends are on a website called Patreon. It's basically a Kickstarter, but instead of giving one big sum of money you give $1-5 every month. If there are enough patrons, the artist gets a pretty decent salary and can focus on creative work. I think it's a genius website and just like any other creative person I dream of one day living off of my film/art work. So after some hesitation I created my own page. It is harder than it seams. You try to be cool and nice and YOURSELF, but at the same time it is important that you communicate your best

Orison World Premiere at VTIFF

The Vermont International Film Festival is hosting the World Premiere of my latest short Orison on October 27th, 2014 at noon in The BCA Center (135 Church Street, Burlington, USA).   The festival was kind enough to offer an hour long masterclass focusing on my nody of work as a filmmaker. The screening will be followed by lunch and Q&A. Beside my latest films, the screening will also include an older piece I made as my thesis project at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts: Tristan Reveur. This film will offer a light-hearted segment to the otherwise dark an

Article on A Bit Off the Top

I am giving a talk next week on the latest chapter of my research on Japanese nerd subcultures. I returned from Japan last month, where I started shooting my new documentary film. More info on the film here. For this occasion A Bit Off the Top online magazine made a very nice interview with me, please check it out the full interview here. "As a Millenial myself, I find Gina’s recent investigations into digital communities to be entirely relevant. Increasingly connected online, I sometimes feel alienated from my physical life. I wonder what that means for

Juror at the 40th edition of the Concordia Film Festival

The 40th edition of the Concordia Film Festival will be held in Montreal from the 2nd to the 4th of May. Highlighting the fortieth anniversary, this edition of the longest running university-level film festival in Canada returns with a spectacular showing of films from students disciplining in film production and film animation. Audiences will be greeted with nine screenings consisting of fictional, documentary, animation and experimental short films produced by the students of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. I was given the honor to be part of the illustrious