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January 23, 2023

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Grotto 0.10.0 - Grottopaint

First big push to the staging server in 2023- 0.10.0 includes the first iteration of a graphics window for room maps and animations, using a combo of pixi.js, svelte-pixi, Tiled.app, and a new tiled-compatible version of what was previously called scratchbeam, that I am now calling grotto-paint.

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history, genealogy

looking this week at the different uses of the word genealogy, which is a term in history, philosophy, architecture, and of course the study of family lineage– all connected. Foucault’s use of the word pulls from Nietzsche, and is useful to me because it also proposes a study of history that has no prentensions of objectivity and even suggests perspective in the way we would expect of a game mode.

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Phantom Homeland

This is project start for Phantom Homeland, an art installation.

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the dungeon, the frontier, the arcology

My thesis project is about historical and future imaginaries, played out in a game substrate (a web-based game environment I call Grotto.)

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old czech legends

For some reason I had a difficult time thinking of a piece of art to refer to for this exercise, so I picked the last film I watched for research purposes. The film is Jiří Trnka’s stop motion film Staré pověsti české loutkový [Old Czech Legends]. This might be an interesting selection because the film doesn’t have subtitles available and I watched it without knowing Czech. I did have some access to what what happening in the film because I have an English translation of Alois Jirásek’s Ancient Bohemian Legends, the book that serves as its primary source (which Trnka also illustrated).

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