12 – Archiving the Past and Building Black Trans Futures with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

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We’re joined by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (they/she) this week, a game maker and artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive the Black Trans experience. In Danielle’s words: “I use technology to imagine our lives in environments that centre our bodies…Those living, those that have passed and those that have been forgotten.” We were thrilled to share space with them, discussing two of their recent games THE BLACK TRANS ARCHIVE and THE RESURRECTION LANDS, Afrofuturism, trans tourism, games that definitely helped us figure out we were queer, and Blade.

Meanwhile, Spencer wants to know if we really need Uncharted to be a TV show and Indiana Jones to be a game when we could tell stories about literally anything else, and Jamie introduces a brand-new segment!

Follow Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley…

Website: https://www.daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladydangfua/

Side Quest

Support our previous guest Mars Dixon’s (@mmdizzie on Instagram) new project, which aims to rebuild computers for QTBIPOC, lessening e-waste and bridging the digital divide! https://www.instagram.com/rebooty_computers/

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Mars’ episode, Queering Gaming Culture and the Sims’ Secret Gay History is one of our favorites and definitely worth a listen!

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