2Player ponders computer games as art in New Walk Museum and Art Gallery exhibition

By Culture24 Reporter | 11 July 2011
An image of a red and white line drawing computer animation
Mark Essen, Punishment The Punishing
Exhibition: 2Player: Computers. Games. Art, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, July 16 – September 5 2011

The biggest public funder of American arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, recently pledged to fund the development of computer games as artwork for the first time.

Taking their decision as a starting point, this show profiles five game designers from Europe and the States to consider the place of gaming graphics in contemporary art.

Two of them have already been shown in major galleries – Mark Essen has shown at New Museum in New York and perennial technology hub FACT in Liverpool, and Paolo Perdicini has had exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro.

Eric Svendang also converts the iPad into an animated board game, Pixel Jam creates a style which looks like an old-school 8-bit platform, and Jason Rohrer creates sculptures and social stimulants within the “art-game” genre he is best known for helping form.

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