Games and Politics ©Goethe-Institut

Opening: March 16th 2018 at 6:30 pm

17th March- 12th April 2018

CommDe-Design Center

An interactive exhibition presented by the Goethe-Institut and the Department of Industrial Design of Chulalongkorn University (CommDe) in cooperation with the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

Whether computer games are considered a political issue, an entertainment medium or even a form of art, depends on certain conditions. Games are conceived within a particular society, at a particular moment in time and consequently tell us something about their context. In this sense, every computer game can be considered political. The players are bound to the system of the game and have to follow its rules – even if they themselves give the orders and appear to act autonomously. Games may also also be regarded as political if they knowingly try to make political topics accessible for target groups which are otherwise hard to reach i. e. for political conditioning or propaganda purposes.
The interactive exhibition, Games and Politics, comprises eighteen different games, sixteen of which can be played at the exhibition venue.
The players will find themselves confronted with a wide range of political issues, e. g. precarious working conditions (SUNSET), the aftermath of armed conflict (THIS WAR OF MINE), migration and refugees (PAPERS, PLEASE!, ESCAPE FROM WOOMERA) or governmental surveillance (TOUCHSTONE). 

The exhibition will be opened together with the Art Games, the Game Jam, which takes place the same weekend.
The games on exhibition are:
  • 1378(km) (2010)
  • Coming Out Simulator (2014)
  • Democracy3 (2013)
  •  Dys4ia (2012)
  • Escape from Woomera (2004)
  • Killbox (2016)
  • Madrid (2004)
  • Orwell (2016)
  • Papers, Please (2013)
  • Perfect Woman (2016)
  • Phone Story (2011)
  • Sunset (2015)
  • The Cat and the Coup (2011)
  • The Westport Independent (2016)
  • This War of Mine (2014)
  • TouchTone (2015)
  • Unmanned (2012)
  • Yellow Umbrella (2014)
Art Games – Game Jam

Within the context of the exhibition and together with Maschine-Mensch - an independent computer game-developing studio from Berlin - the Goethe-Institut also presents the Art Games – Game Jam. During this event, fifty people can take part in a Game Jam, which will take place at Chulalongkorn-University from 16th-18th March. During the Game Jam, the participants will have the chance to develop their own computer game. Participation is free and food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Goethe-Institut. A rest room will also be organized at the University.

For more information about the Art Games and the registration process for the Game Jam please follow this link.