Morgan C. O’Brien is a doctoral candidate in the RTF Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is from Scotland, and earned his undergraduate M.A. from the University of Aberdeen before moving to the USA to gain a graduate M.A. in Media Studies from UT-Austin.
Morgan worked with and studied under the late Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz for several years at Aberdeen, benefiting from an intellectual friendship that continues to influence and inspire his research. While at UT-Austin, Morgan has been a coordinating editor for Velvet Light Trap, an editor for Flow, a voting member of both the departmental Graduate Student Organization and the campus-wide Graduate Student Assembly, and also co-organized the bi-annual Flow conference in 2012.
Morgan's research focuses on digital games and documenting the forms and images of late-capitalism-cum-capitalist reality. His dissertation reads the subversive, political aesthetics of retro digital games in the shadow of a triple-A industry. He is also working on exploring the formal, technical, and historical relationships between animation and digital games.