November 1st, 2009
Big, big, big news this month! For the next theme we’ve decided to tackle the ever-controversial ART GAME. Although the whole games as art debate typically results in fruitless hand-wringing and much ballyhoo, but the theme itself should provide a nice backdrop to work in.
And speaking of backdrops, we’re pleased to announce that EGP will be partnering with the FACT museum in good old Liverpool England for this auspicious theme as part of their Space Invaders exhibit. Not only will the best entries be displayed on their website, but the best game will be displayed as a game station in the FACT exhibition!
Given the enormity of the theme and the event we’ve decided to extend the deadline to two months, so you’ll have until December 31st, 11:59 PST to submit your game. However, I should note that anyone seriously interested in seeing their work on display should note that the exhibit itself opens on December 17th, so it’s quite possible that an earlier entry may have a better shot – decisions, decisions.
Good luck everybody!
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FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s largest institution for commissioning, exhibiting, promoting and supporting artists’ work and innovation in the fields of film, video, and new media. FACT has commissioned and presented over 250 digital media artworks with artists including Mark Wallinger, Barbara Kruger, Tony Oursler, Pipilotti Rist, Vito Acconci and Isaac Julien, alongside a programme of creative technology research and development, and community-led collaborations work.
About the Exhibit
Running from December 17th to the end of February, the Space Invaders exhibit is focusing exclusively on video game environments and their progression from 2d to 3d to the real world – in particular the mixed up worlds of game space and real space, and the playful confusion between the two.
From minimlist Ataris to the mazes of Pac Man to the detailed cities of Grand Theft Auto, the computer game environment has strived for increasing levels of realism. But what happens when game space and real space are mixed? Going beyond the well-trodden debates about the morality or political messaging of violent videogames, the exhibition revels in the confusion of real space and game space. From re-enactments of computer games in real life, to so-called ‘augmented reality games’, to creative level modifications, the exhibition features artists Blast Theory, Bill Viola, Aram Bartholl, Anita Fontaine, Mark Essen, Julian Oliver, Ludic Society and more, alongside contemporary computer game favorites.
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