WAG Hosts Video Game Fair
Can art and technology live compatibly together? Can they complement each other? You bet! Come to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Re:Play- Game Culture and Technology Art Fair on Saturday, June 11 and find out how. The fair runs from noon to 5pm. Admission is by donation (suggested $2 individual, $5 family).
Programmed by local media artist mrghosty (skot deeming), Re:Play explores the impact and influence of video game culture on the lives, careers, and artistic endeavors of the performers. The event features interactive installations, indie game demos, software demonstrations, hands-on workshops, short artist talks, documentary film previews, game themed crafts and publications, live music, and more.
"Video games and game culture have infiltrated all corners of our lives,” says mrghosty. “We play games at home, on mobile devices, online, and more. What was once solely a consumer medium produced by the technology industry has become a world-wide creative phenomenon where independent cultural producers create and distribute their own games, art etc, all based on game culture. Re:Play highlights the creative endeavors from Winnipeggers and beyond who have chosen to work in this field and draw from game culture as their primary inspiration."
Participants are: infinite ammo games, glacier games, complex games, tomscomputerworks, the po-mo project, skullspace, New Media Manitoba, Strata Studios, the bit collective, team 20XX, exousia, clint enns, and mrghosty.
Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.
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