Exhibition to applaud videogames as art
Vote now on the titles to be showcased
There is an art to computer games which stretches beyond the act of skilful button bashers being gods at Ghosts & Goblins. A major exhibition will next year explore the evolution of videogames as an artistic medium.
The exhibition, titled The Art of Video Games will focus on the industry's 40-year history of presenting stunning visual effects and its creative use of new tech.
As well as featuring the work of many of the most influential artists and designers during decades of game technology development, it will explore the effect of gaming on pop-culture, its relationship to the creative industry and its benefits to education and skill training.
Yes, but it is art?
Some 80 games will be used as exemplars of the art, each presented through stills and video. Five titles will be available to play: Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst and World of Warcraft. There will also be interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots and a range of historic consoles.
You can help choose the 80 games through an online vote, open now until 7 April.
The Art of Video Games will be held at the famous Smithsonian Institute's American Art Museum in Washington DC from March 2012 - so there's plenty of time to book your holiday Stateside. It will run for six months, after which it will be taken on tour, and will hopefully make it to Blighty. We'll keep you posted. ®
Yes, but it is art?
If a dead, upside-down sheep in a perspex tank of formaldehyde is art, then video games can be art.
Even if you don't like it, it can still be considered art. Indeed, I've been to more than one modern art 'installation' that I considered to be a steaming turd but if it's art to someone, then it is art. It doesn't have to be any good...
As the Crypt Keeper used to say...
Irony. It's good for your blood.
Heh heh heh!!!
Take a look at the sequence in Half Life 2 where you are taken on a conveyor through the 'spire'. Just because the medium is electronic doesn't make it not art; or are you going to now tell us that most music made in the last decade isn't music because it is partially or wholly electronically generated, rather than being played on physical instruments?
Sure no problem.
Just as soon as you let me know the bare minimum defining characteristics of life, the identity of the One True God and the whereabouts of Lord Lucan.