About the project
Art Games – an international game jam network

Game developers, programmers, artists and creatives from all over the world come together at ART GAMES to develop computer games in so-called game jams. The idea is that the diversity of the participants will inspire them to renegotiate the boundaries between art, politics and games, and to reflect on the conditions and conditionedness of their own medium, still a desideratum on the global games market.

The market for commercial computer games is growing steadily. The turnover of the gaming industry has long equalled that of the film industry. The location Germany stands for an innovative games scene. In addition to the big AAA productions, a vital independent market has developed here as in many other countries. The touring exhibition Games and Politics, initiated in the autumn of 2016 by the Goethe-Institut and realized in cooperation with the ZKM Karlsruhe, takes up a section of this creative economy that is initially independent of the market. It presents computer games that critically examine the consequences of globalization and allow the players to adopt new, often marginalized points of view.

The exhibition serves as a starting-point for the Federal Foreign Office funded project ART GAMES: at eight stations of the exhibition across the world, games are developed within 48 hours that go beyond the demands of the mainstream. Participants are supervised by local partners and by Maschinen-Mensch, an award-winning indie game developing studio in Berlin. All the games created are presented on this website.

The first game jam took place at the end of November 2016 in Mexico City at the Centro de Cultura Digital; the second will be held at in early 2017 at the Nam June Paik Art Centre in Seoul. Further stations include Boston, Novosibirsk, São Paulo, Bandung and Yangon.

After each game jam, a jury selects the best idea and provides the team with a mentor for the following months. The winning games be presented in Germany in mid-2018, where representatives of the project teams will have the opportunity to get to know experts in the indie scene in Germany and from around the world and to establish networks.

ART GAMES is a project of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Maschinen-Mensch and is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office.