Japansoft: An Oral History
John Szczepaniak and Alex Wiltshire
Jari Silomäki’s Atlas of Emotions is the result of an elaborate research process. For this, the artist—who is primarily known as a photographer—studied the stories of people who actively participate in digital discussion forums. Who are the people who hide behind alter ego names on digital platforms? Silomäki researched their backgrounds—also to find out how sometimes bizarre opinions are formed in the first place. He compiled his research in a manuscript and had actors reenact this fusion of imagination and reality in his studio, interpreting the scenes and domestic environments.
Alex Wiltshire is a journalist and writer, and a former editor of Edge magazine. He edited Britsoft: An Oral History and Japansoft: An Oral History for Read-Only Memory, and is author of several books, including the bestselling Minecraft Blockopedia. He works as a publishing editor for developer Mojang, and among many other publications writes a column about game design for Rock Paper Shotgun. He lives in Bath, UK, with his wife and two children.