OuterIslands Online
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OuterIslands Online
Livestream of MapleStory (Southeast Asia server), 58 min 41 s

Beginning with Hans-Dieter Evers’ observation about the evolution of the word ‘Nusantara’ into a “virtual Asian fantasy land” for online users, this digital tour and gaming livestream examines the sprouting up of digital folklore circulating the concept of ‘Nusantara’. Such digital manifestations often delineate alternate histories and re-imaginings/dissolutions of geopolitical boundaries, while at times maintaining troubling ties to ethnonationalist thought.

Traversing the Singapore and Malaysia-themed maps in the Southeast Asian server of online game, MapleStory (MapleSEA), the project examines the gameful worldlings for these geographies, alongside the various viscous bodies inhabiting these sites of play.