Resurrection lands

Resurrection Lands is a new online game about the effects of Trans Tourism and how to protect those who are most at risk of being erased by history. Here speculative fiction is used to re-imagine those from the past that we have lost. The act of crafting Pro Black and Trans environments can help us visualise futures that seek to appreciate Black-Trans existence.”

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is the artist who has made this game. Their works predominantly in animation, sound, performance and Video Games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person.

I don’t recall how I encountered this game but I’m glad I did. The game elements are text-based and filled with a lot of animation elements. The game has this kind of old school 90s game design look with a lot of patterns, intense neon colour and text flying around all over the place. It has a quite unique way of orienting around the concept of archiving. The game designer seeks to create a space where black trans people are not only made visible and heard but also enabled as part of an alternative future environment. Walking through the game I encounter animations and a distorted voice-over reading the large text placed in front of the animation. I kind of longed for personal stories from black trans people and was looking for more information on the discourse of black trans person but I didn’t find this within the game. The game is an eye opener, a place for thought-provoking interaction with the black trans community and a really amazing art piece. Keep an open mind.

You can find the game here:

Where to begin?

I keep getting stuck on what I want to achieve with this blog and then I just end up writing nothing. I don’t know if I should write in English or Swedish, or both. I don’t know if I should write more in a more academic language and less in an every-day voice. I have no idea if I should try and write for a certain group or individual. But when all is said and done I always come back to the point of why do I want to write in the first place. Because I want to share my thoughts on all kinds of stuff, big and small. And it doesn’t matter if my audience is one person or a thousand. The joy of internet is that text will eventually find a home. And when I start thinking about building a home on the internet I smile.

Just like my physical home I want it to be a place where you are invited in for a conversation, where we can share ideas and thoughts and possibly make plans. What kind of plans you may ask? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. But I do know that I want a home, a space, that is friendly and welcoming. And is open to constructive criticism and appreciation. Where we can have completely opposite opinions and still find a common ground where we are heard and where we listen to each other. Since I am the only one living in this home at the moment I will start by sharing my quirky and fantastical thoughts on things that cross my path and that I think will be fun and important to share with the world. When writing this I already feel that I have answered my questions of voice and style. I will figure that out along the way. The important thing for me now is to write.