| A presentation of
critical computer games by artists
Curated by r a d i o q u a l i a
Max Barry / Natalie Bookchinm / escapefromwoomera collective / Andy
Deck / Mongrel / Josh On + Futurefarmers
The Physics Room, 2nd floor 209 Tuam St
7pm Thursday 27 November 2003
<re:Play> explores one of the most popular forms of entertainment
in contemporary culture - the computer game. It takes the form of an
interactive one-night-only exhibition of artists' computer games, hosted
and curated by r a d i o q u a l i a, an online art collaborative from
New Zealand, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Cape Town, an arts
organisation from South Africa.
The games in the <re:Play> exhibition are not typical computer
games. While all of them encourage play, and involve a gaming objective,
unlike regular computer games, they have a strong political dimension,
and explore how play, interaction and competition can be utilised in
an artistic context.
While some of the games presented are entirely new creations, others
are ironic, often slightly humorous recreations of existing lo-fi arcade
games. While the original arcade games such as Space Invaders, Quick
Draw and Backlash encouraged users to engage in acts of violence, the
artistic recreations of these games are infused with a political dimension
that critiques the original violent character of the games, and also
invites a slightly more meditative approach to the subject matter being
presented in the games.
This exciting one-off event will offer Christchurch audiences the opportunity
to experience and interactive with current digital practices that utilises
art, the internet and computer games.
Visit r a d
i o q u a l i a at http://www.radioqualia.net/
<re:Play> at http://www.radioqualia.net/replay/
The Press, November 26, 2003