Awesome Machinima Mixes McLuhan, Metaverse, Mixed Reality Footage (Somewhat NSFW)
Here's a great new machinima from Tutsy Navarantha, creator of the equally excellent "Journey to the Metaverse" machinima, this one mixing the writings of Marshall McLuhan with beautiful SL footage and real world video shot in Paris. (Warning: Somewhat NSFW.) Select HD mode and watch:
Tutsi made this video with the aim of broadening the appeal of machinima: "Drawing on Marshal McLuhan's Understanding Media is an attempt to try to understand the revolution that our consciousness is now in the process of living, with the emergence of virtuality in our lives," he tells me.
In real life a French filmmaker now living in South India, Tutsy brought a video camera with him on a recent visit back to Paris, then incorporated some of the footage into this production: "I had fun filming in impractical places like the subway, intending to use it one day in a machinima," he tells me. "The parallel between real life and virtual is something that fascinates me. Where does the mixture between reality and virtuality start, and where does it end? How does the extension of our consciousness in our avatars work?"
But what's the deal with the devil and the naked women? Tutsy tells me this:
"I wanted to make a film about artistic creation in SL which I find to be exemplary," he explains, "and which represents for me a new artistic movement in the world. But I also wanted to include more widely the extraordinary swarming of our consciousnesses or unconsciousness's represented by virtual worlds. Artistic creation is primarily a drive of life where the most beautiful and darkest side of man mix intensely: dramas, sex, love, as mystical visions or evil."
Which is where the devil comes in: "A command from the devil allowed me to better show these different facets of virtual life."
Much thanks to Iris Ophelia for the translation help from the French!