"Bullet Curtains, Knife-Throwing Maids, and Shared Art: The Allure of Touhou," by Jennifer Raye
The Touhou Project is a popular series of "bullet hell" shoot 'em up video games with girls in frilly dresses battling each other. But the amount of fanmade art, games, music remixes, and more take it far beyond video gaming into something collaborative! Jennifer will give a detailed look at one game in the series and multiple fan works as she deciphers what makes Touhou so interesting and why its particular brand of shared art makes it so important.
Jennifer Raye is an indie game developer in Austin, Texas. She was recently an artist-in-residence at Juegos Rancheros, where she created an interactive art installation called "Boa Retina" about the difficulties of coming out as transgender.