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FILM

For many years, I have been documenting my experiences in themed and immersive spaces. This page presents a sampling of some of the many videos that I have created.


On this page you will discover Lectures (traditional academic talks), as well as numerous feature videos that connect to the many themed and immersive spaces that I have visited over the years.


Check out the many other videos on my YouTube page. I will be adding new videos to this page as I create them.

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LECTURES (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR VIDEO)

Theme Park Imaginaries

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University of Oxford Lecture

Heritage, Remaking, and Postmodernism

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Heritage, Remaking, and Postmodernism: The Future of Themed and Immersive Spaces, Conference: Heritage and the Creative Industry, Conference Talk at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, January 2015

Theme Parks & Immersion

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IAAPA, 2015

Creating Exciting Attractions by Making Spaces Immersive, Experiential, and Sensory

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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 (Orlando, Florida)

Theme Parks as Sites of Critical Research

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2014 American Studies Association Conference, Time & Temporality in Theme Parks

The Values of Theming

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A lecture on the nature of theming

Introduction to My Research and Research in the Social Sciences

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A lecture

Cultural Relativism...and Its Limits

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A lecture

The Branded & Lifestyle Store: Towards the Lifespace

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A lecture

What Is Immersion?

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An online lecture (Texas A&M)

Remaking and Remixing

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A lecture

Judgments Passed: The Place of the Themed Space in the Contemporary World of Remaking

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A lecture

Theming and Immersion in the Space of the Future

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A lecture related to A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces

Questioning Immersion in Contemporary Themed and Immersive Spaces

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A lecture related to A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces

The Cultures of Tiki

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A lecture related to A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces

Dark Theming Reconsidered

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A lecture related to A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces

The Worlds Exposition and the Future of Culture

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The Worlds Exposition and the Future of Culture, Reflections on Expo 2015 in Milan, Lake Tahoe Community College (November 3, 2015), with generous support from the LTCC Foundation

The Theme Park Is Dead, Long Live the Theme Park!

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Keynote Address, Time & Temporality in Theme Parks Conference (Mainz, Germany, JGU, 18 September 2014)

An Authentic Theme Park - Part 1

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Marin Philosophical Society

An Authentic Theme Park - Part 2

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Marin Philosophical Society

An Authentic Theme Park - Part 3

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Marin Philosophical Society

Social Change - Part 1

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Scott Lukas discusses social change at the WAIB (Western Aerosol Information Bureau) Conference, September 2012.

Social Change - Part 2

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Scott Lukas discusses social change at the WAIB (Western Aerosol Information Bureau) Conference, September 2012.

Immersive Worlds Handbook - Chapter 4 Reading

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Writers around the Lake

History Magic

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University of Mainz

Research in Consumer Spaces

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University of Mainz

Theme Parks: From Cultural Remaking to Social Justice

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University of Mainz

The Ballot or the Bullet

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The Ballot or the Bullet - Malcolm X, Lake Tahoe Community College, May 19, 2015, Dr. Scott A. Lukas

Diversity, Equity, Access

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Lake Tahoe Community College, May 7, 2015

Power, Bias, Context: Four Forms of Strategic Questioning

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Lake Tahoe Community College, February 5, 2016

The Politics of November: Comedy, Entropy, the Id

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The Politics of November: Comedy, Entropy, the Id, Lake Tahoe Community College, June 7, 2016

Question and Answer, Election Event

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Question and Answer, Election Event (Dr. Albert Ponce, Dr. Scott A. Lukas), Lake Tahoe Community College, June 7, 2016

An Illicit Space

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An Illicit Space - Scott A. Lukas, Cultural Studies Association, 2015

The State of Education

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(Coming Soon)

Immersion

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Guest Lecture, Falmouth University, November 12, 2018

Research in Themed and Immersive Spaces

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A lecture related to A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces

EXPERIMENTS

Impressions 1 - Seattle Gum Wall

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On the occasion of our return to the airport, there was a woman on the shared ride van who said, rather glibly, “I never heard of the gum wall. That’s something for tourists, not for locals.” She was, it appears, unaware of the traditions of cave art, and also unwilling to accept the value of pilgrimage, however misdirected it may seem. She also lost sight of mana, and its appearances in places and through things we may have relinquished to the scrap heap of our existence. A social media review of the gum wall once said, “the only thing here is gum and people taking pictures of it,” and these words remind us of what is present—and absent—at the Gum Wall in Seattle, Washington. Here is an impression of this site. Inspirations from Walter Ruttman, Dziga Vertov, Chris Marker, and Godfrey Reggio. Recorded on a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, without tripod and with notable errors in exposure and focus, thus leading to new experimental possibilities. The sound is intended to evoke the soundscapes of the Buchla.

What Is Fremont?

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What Is Fremont? - Fremont Street, Las Vegas. An experiment in ethnographic method. 

I [Heart] Power

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An older video focused on a short Las Vegas essay that I had written. 

MY FAVORITE SPACES

Unexpected Immersion - Changi Airport, Singapore

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Changi Airport, Singapore

My Favorite Themes - The Las Vegas Strip (2017)

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My Favorite Themes - The Las Vegas Strip (2017)

My Favorite Sign – Paris, Las Vegas

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My Favorite Sign – Paris, Las Vegas

A Lifestyle Hotel

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A Lifestyle Hotel - CitizenM Shoreditch Hotel

The Spy Theme - SafeHouse (Chicago)

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The Spy Theme - SafeHouse (Chicago)

The Ruin and Historical Space - Nuremberg, Germany

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The Ruin and Historical Space - Nuremberg, Germany