SUBOTRON arcademy: Expand Your Territory: Games beyond Merchandise
Event series on the theory of digital games
Venue: Raum D / Q21
artist and curator
Game developers care about releasing games: they strongly focus on the creation of interactive experiences happening on screens. Consequently, their content rarely leaves the screen: if so, it’s mostly for merchandise purposes, and within the rules of merchandise. This way, potentially complex game identities get trivialized, becoming thinned-down versions of themselves. Since this is the industry’s status quo, we don’t tend to question it.
This presentation shows why it makes sense to expand your creative vision beyond the ingame experience, and how to expand existing merchandise dynamics. By showing how pop culture and fine arts appropriate games (and get appropriated in games), it also shows how specific game developers already made their game inhabit physical spaces – and how an in-depth knowledge of your work helps to maintain creative control over the outcome.
After working as programmer at Rockstar Vienna (2000-2006), Christian Bazant-Hegemark changed industries and studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Gunter Damisch, Daniel Richter, Harun Farocki, 2006-2011), after which he wrote a PhD thesis on painting and digital technologies (Elisabeth von Samsonow, Elisabeth Thun-Hohenstein, 2011-2015). Since 2011 he curated over thirty exhibitions, using painting as medium of exploration. He currently researches creative processes independent of their media, and tries to get game developers to understand fine arts as experimental playground.
http://subotron.com/veranstaltung/merchandiseFri, Nov 17, 19:00
Elisabeth Czihak. Being in Limbo
Exhibition in the EIKON Schaufenster
Opening and Presentation of EIKON #99: Tue, Sep 05, 19:00
Venue: EIKON Schaufenster
No English description available
Image: © Elisabeth Czihak
www.eikon.atSep 06, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018, daily 10-22:00
Nina Dietrich and Sibylle Vogel: UNIVERSE
Exhibition and zine in the KABINETT comic passage
Opening: Thu, Oct 19, 18:30
Venue: KABINETT comic passage, zwischen MQ Hof 2+3
Admission free, zine: EUR 2,-
Nina Dietrich and Sibylle Vogel meet on the Einstein-Rosen-Bridge to discuss the world. At the interface between Pizza and Existentialism they will find adventurous answers to some of the most important philosophical questions. Funny for nerds and beyond.
Nina Dietrich und Sibylle Vogel, illustrators with a sense for whimsical worlds, are living and working in Vienna.
www.kabinett.atOct 20, 2017 to Mar 15, 2018, daily 00-24h
Bill Seaman (USA): An Engine of Many Senses (2013/2017)
Exhibition at SCHAURAUM Angewandte
Opening: Thu, Nov 30, 19:00
Venue: SCHAURAUM Angewandte
An Engine of Many Senses is a generative computational work exploring the history and potential future of the computer.
It includes a series of media elements that combine and recombine over time -- 3d images, 2d stills, generative audio, generative
media "landscapes", generative text and video components. The work has a series of internal rules that play out different combinatoric
strategies as drawn from an extensive database of architectural topologies and processes. In particular the work includes a
series of allegorical time-based images of computers as well as collaged images from the history of the computer and computational history in general.
generative installation | captured video/audio output from real-time engine (32:9 aspect ratio for two screens)
custom software written in C++/OpenGL, digital video/audio source material
Bill Seaman, Principle Investigator and Artist (concept and initial design), Todd Berreth (programming and additional design).
https://digitalekunst.ac.at/schauraum/Dec 01, 2017 to Feb 23, 2018, daily 10-22:00
HACKELN & HADERN
Zine "Reihe mit Vorsatz" n. 8
Venue: LITERATURpassage, between MQ and Mariahilfer Strasse
Zine: EUR 2,-
No English description available (zine with German texts).
www.textfeldsuedost.com/literaturpassageDec 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018, ongoing daily 00-24:00