Operation Jane Walk
Leonhard Müllner & Robin Klengel
A City Tour through the Architectures of an Online Shooter The experimental short film Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division (Ubisoft Entertainment 2016). The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a narrative city tour. The urban strollers avoid the combats whenever possible and become peaceful tourists of a digital world, which is a detailed replica of Midtown Manhattan. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture history, urbanism and the game developer’s interventions into the urban fabric are being discussed. The film, which is a shortened version of a longer performance, explores the possibilities of new media technologies and shows new approaches towards the medium of documentary films.