Exhibition Games and Politics

Games and Politics Perfect Woman © Peter Lu, Lea Schönfelder

08. - 27.05.2017

Opening Hours:
10 AM– 7 PM


Pusat Kebudayaan Jerman Jakarta
Jl. Sam Ratulangi 9-15
10350 Jakarta

Games and Politics

Interactive exhibition of digital games

Whether computer games are seen as a political issue, as an entertainment medium or even as art, depends completely on the context. That fact that every game is being created within a unique society and at a specific time, leads to the conclusion that every game can tell us something about its context. With this in mind, actually every computer game is political. The players are always staying within the games system and have to follow its rules – even if they seem to give orders and act autonomously. Apart from that, games are also political if they knowingly try to make political topics accessible for otherwise hard-to-reach target groups – for political education or also propaganda.
Games and Politics as an interactive exhibition brings together sixteen games, which show a skillful integration of political topics within digital gaming and will encourage you to play as well as to reflect. All the games can be played in the exhibition, whether on a tablet, smartphone or at the computer.
While playing these games, the players are confronted with a wide range of political issues: Precarious working conditions (SUNSET) will just as well be a topic like the aftermath of armed conflicts (THIS WAR OF MINE), migration and refugees (PAPERS, PLEASE!, ESCAPE FROM WOOMERA) or governmental surveillance (TOUCHSTONE).
A series of compelling events which will give convinced gamers, digital newbies and people interested in politics the chance to play, reflect, discuss and be creative will accompany the exhibition.


May 08, 2017
7.30 PM | Film screening "Inbetween Worlds" as part of Europe on Screen
9.15 PM | Opening of exhibition
GoetheHaus, Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Opening Hours
10 AM– 7 PM


Making Opinions: Computer Games as Commentary on Actual Political Events
Games: The Cat and the Coup – Madrid – Yellow Umbrella
Military Matters: Computer Games as Reflexions of the Alliance between War and Entertainment Industries
Games: Killbox – Unmanned – This War of Mine
Multiperspectivability: Computer Games as a Questioning of Stereotypical Gender Roles
Games: Perfect Woman – Dys4ia – Coming Out Simulator
Media Critique: Computer Games as Instruments of Self-Reflexion
Games: Phone Story – TouchTone – Orwell
Migration Stories: Computer Games that Cross Borders
Games: Papers, Please – 1378km – Escape from Woomera
Mapping Power: Computer Games as Observers of Self-efficacy and Powerlessness
Games: Sunset – Democracy – The Westport Independent
GAMES AND POLITICS is an interactive exhibition from the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe.