I went back to high school on Monday, April 29th as the visual arts speaker for the Lakeland Fine Arts Festival! Six high schools in the southwest region of Michigan descended on Brandywine High School for an all day festival of art, music, and theater. My talk was titled “Game Over: translating video game experiences into sculptural spaces.”
(some of the students as I’m waiting to speak!)
During the reception for “The Almost Metal Collective” exhibition at A+D Gallery in Chicago (Thursday, 1/31), I did a performance recreating the process of videogame-based farming and leveling up in meat-space.
Generally, farming in videogames is the practice of acquiring/accumulating special items (like the gems I fabricated during my performance) in order to become stronger or gain intelligence/spirit/life or reveal secrets about the game storyline. In this performance, I “farmed” gems through the repetitive process of cutting, folding, and hotgluing paper patterns together. Then I played a variety of 8-bit game sound effects for every few gems I created, indicating that I had leveled up!
I also leveled up when I had conversations with strangers, gave hugs to friends, and gave gems away.
I’m exhibiting a new series of works collectively titled “Kill Screen” through March, 2013 as a part of the Department of Art Faculty exhibition. Reception is Friday, February 8th from 5-7pm…come check it out!
I’m in a group exhibition this month titled Almost Metal at A+D Gallery, Columbia College (Chicago, IL). The exhibition runs from January 10-February 16, 2013. I’ll be doing a performance during the artists’ reception on Jan. 31st…stay tuned for more details!
Images below: Respawn a site specific installation. 5 “dead” versions of my WoW character Kryzzik are scattered in the Interactive Arts + Media building, Columbia College (Chicago, IL), 5 versions “respawned” in A+D Gallery as a part of Almost Metal.
Images below: Kill screen for a theoretical video game…. Digital prints mounted to plastic. (left-40″ x 40″; right- 10″x10″ each). 2013.