Artist residency – The activity of an artist produced in a specific space for a duration of time. Often these are programs offered by groups or institutions designed to support the creation of artistic work in a new environment.
Autotheoretical or Autotheory – An approach to philosophy and theory that uses autobiography and other more personal ways of knowing.
Capitalist – A political and economic system where resources, trade, and industry are controlled by private owners to produce profit. In the past 500 years, this system has gradually grown to encompass more of society, made possible through colonization, the Atlantic slave trade, and modernized forms of labour and resource extraction.
Colonialist or Colonization –When one country or group of people tries to take control of another.
Discourse – The large-scale discussions being had by people across a specific field on a specific topic.
First-person-shooter or FPS – A popular genre/style of video game, where the player controls a character from the perspective of that character, moving across three dimensions (forward/backward, up/down, left/right).
Hardware – Physical machinery used to run computer programs, systems, and code; the “body” to software’s “brain.”
Ideology – The set of norms and beliefs that inform the way one experiences their world and reality.
Ironic – Verbal irony is when something stated is intended to have a different or opposite effect than expected. Situational irony is when something has an unexpected outcome. Dramatic irony is when an audience knows something that a character in a story does not. Artists often use irony as a tool of expression.
Landscape – In art, an artwork that depicts the natural or built environment; in computers, a display aspect ratio where the width is greater than the height.
Modifiers or mods – Game modifiers or mods are add-ons to existing software and platforms that change aspects of their user experience. Mods are often created by fans of games to expand aspects of gameplay.