Opening event Wednesday August 15, from 5.30pm
The Physics Room, Christchurch
An interactive exhibition by the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, which has been touring worldwide. The exhibition features 18 significant politically-ambitious video games, and encourages viewers to examine how they each unfold their unique political potential.
A game is always more than just a game. Without considering the influence of the society that plays it, it remains just as impossible to understand as without considering its influence on that society. And yet, chants of euphoric praise for the immersive potential of pedagogical propaganda are as inadequate vis-à-vis the diversity of contemporary computer games as are undifferentiated media debates about ego-shooter games that glorify violence and ought to vanish from the bedrooms of young people.
Artists are using the medium in order to open its functions up to scrutiny and to explore where the boundary of games now lie. Reflections on the phenomenon of computer games from the perspective of cultural sciences, however, continue to be few and far between in the discourse of art institutions. Games and Politics is intended to close this gap, at least in part, and is based on the exhibition Global Games by the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) in Karlsruhe, but focuses on explicitly political games created since 2004
Image: Kurosh ValaNejad and Peter Brinson, The Cat and the Coup, 2018.
The Physics Room
Date(s) - 15/08/2018 - 23/09/2018