Our story begins here

Since our most distant ancestors gathered around the first fires we have been fascinated by stories. Stories are the compass by which individuals and societies find orientation in a chaotic world. Where there are humans there will always be heroes on a journey.

In the past the role of the master storyteller frequently fell to writers, philosophers and artists. They created the narratives we enjoyed, copied and tried to live ourselves. Many of their works became what today is called high culture.

The field of storytelling however evolves constantly. The heroes living in the libraries and hanging out at the art museum today are joined by sisters and brethren who rose to fame through a graphic novel, a web series or a video game. Penthesilea meets Wonderwoman.

And not only have the narrative formats changed. Our interaction with these stories has fundamentally changed as well. It has been enriched by media allowing for interactivity and co-creation on a global level. All of us have become storytellers.

World-spanning fandoms, video game communities, the dawn of the metaverse – the web has become the fireplace around which we gather to spin our tales. Nerdculture is not a derogatory term anymore but has become a shorthand for shared passion and creativity.

ABOUT NERDS takes nerd culture seriously. We do not know whether future generations will deem the stories told by our most beloved franchises or games to be high culture. But we surely can appreciate them as such today.