2005, 04:27 minutes, colour, English
A rumination on the similarities between the ancient Hindu art of spiritual discipline and the rather more modern art of online gaming.
This title is part of Jim Munroe’s Pleasure Circuit Overload (2006, 42:13), a series of seven pieces about videogames. Through movie preview spoofs, in-game machinima, quirky short drama and documentary interviewing, this diverse collection aims to deepen the cultural discourse around gaming. From his experience as the maker of DVDzine Novel Amusements to the two years writing a games column for alt-weekly Eye to his science fiction novels, Munroe has a relationship with technology that is sympathetic yet critical. CTHEORY journal called one of the pieces “a great work of pop culture commentary,” and other pieces in the collection have been featured on CBC’s 120seconds.com, Rooftop Films in Brooklyn and the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany. It was made possible through a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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