Adriel Vazquez Martinez talks about the ways in which she uses fantasy and worldbuilding as escapism and for reimagining happiness. She continues her worldbuilding fantastically as she imagines a world without death and capitalism and explores the idea of clans and found versus biological families. She imagines her “ultimate self,” an immortal vampire witch who has the time to engage in all her interests, travel, heal others with potions, and use her magic to do mundane tasks. Martinez then discusses the positive and negative impacts of media, as well as imagination’s importance for her personally. She shares the ways in which she enjoys loving and being loved and emphasizes the ways that she loves herself through patience, forgiveness, and rejecting expectations of productivity. She also considers how love and her ultimate self may be materialized. Finally, Martinez reflects upon imagination in relation to history.
(Interview conducted on April 7th, 2021)
imagination, fantasy, escapism, worldbuilding, happiness, death, immortality, capitalism, clans, found family, biological family, vampire, witch, media, love, patience, forgiveness, self-image, productivity, identity, history
- 00:00 Intro
- 00:28 Worldbuilding as escapism and reimagining happiness
- 03:04 Fantastical worldbuilding (immortality, anti-capitalism, clans)
- 09:02 Clans and found/blood families
- 12:46 Imagining “ultimate self”
- 25:03 Impacts of media
- 27:03 Imagination’s personal importance
- 31:47 Loving and being loved
- 36:12 Loving oneself (patience, forgiveness, rejecting expectations of productivity)
- 41:09 Imagining materialized love and selves
- 47:04 Imagination and history
Adriel Vazquez Martinez (she/hers) is from Concord, NC. She is a History major and of the class of ‘22 at Davidson College. At Davidson, she is involved in Queers & Allies and Spanish in Davidson Elementary School. She’s passionate about music, art, and her cat, Sol.