Immerse’s May/June 2022 issue is Avatars, Assets & Access. The shiny baubles of Web 3.0, NFTs and crypto have offered tech and business writers who cover digital worlds plenty of material on the creation and valuation of virtual objects. These pieces range from the informational to the advertorial, and cover a tonal range from entertainment to speculation. Articles on digital avatars tend to focus on questions of identity (the ability to try on or roleplay in new identities, for example), without examining their makers, sources or component parts.
Deadline: 1 April 2022
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Immerse aims to offer a creative discussion of emerging nonfiction storytelling. With a curious and critical eye, Immerse covers an array of topics: artificial intelligence, equity in tech, networked activism, nonfiction games, and more.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are interested in examining the influence of different conceptions of personhood, objecthood and the drive to reproduce photoreality on immersive nonfiction storytelling projects. We are also interested in how immersive and emerging forms of nonfiction interact with and in turn affect identity, aesthetics and notions of reality. We are seeking proposals for pieces of 1200–1500 words that critically and imaginatively reflect on these topics for a general interest audience:
- Personhood versus objecthood of avatars
- Avatar builders, avatar makers, avatar sellers
- The IP, moral and property rights implications of selling and owning avatars
- The high cost of purchasing NFT avatars, especially when connected with an NFT community
- Design of non-playable character avatars
- Cloning function in social VR
- Context collapse and deracination of characters across different settings
- Unstable identities associated with (in)ability to transfer avatars across different platforms
- Financialization of the avatar as persona
- Financialization of the ability to customize avatars (gestures, clothes and other assets)
- Third-person versus first person POVs
- Asset builders, asset makers, asset sellers
- Role of brands and embedded advertising
- Implications of source material for scanned objects (inadvertent monocropping)
- Digital twinning of reality
- Persistence of photorealistic aesthetics
- Software and hardware that enable the scanning of reality
- And additional related issues
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN SUBMISSION
- Write a short introduction about yourself
- Include a paragraph highlighting your writing experience, relevant credentials and publication credits
- Attach links to your strongest work or portfolio, and online profile.
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