Video Game Installation ZKM_Gameplay

Screenshot from 'FEZ' © Polytron

Opening: Thursday 20 August, 18H30

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg


8 September 18.00 - 21.00: In Play with A MAZE…

Play games with the eyes of the curators of AMAZE and game designers from all over Africa to get more insight into game development per se, learn to reflect on game content in the field of art, culture, education and socio-critical aspects of interaction, game feel and story. We would like you to join the open play session of the extraordinary selection of the ZKM_Gameplay exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg with  independent game designers, the director of AMAZE Thorsten S. Wiedemann and other members of the curatorial team of A MAZE. / Johannesburg. The game designers from Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal will also present their very own games in a discussion session at the beginning of the evening.


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ZKM_Gameplay
was conceptualised as a permanent exhibition of video games and experimental forms of play at ZKM, the Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, by co-curators Stephan Schwingeler and Bernhard Serexhe. The Goethe-Institut brings a selection of work from larger ZKM_Gameplay exhibition as part of their engagement with the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa and Amaze Festivals.
 
For centuries new artistic, experimental, media-reflective, as well as ‘serious’ games have evolved and in recent years, the cultural and economic power of digital games and gameplay have experienced immense growth. Computer games particularly, of which the ZKM_Gameplay exhibition is composed, is central to the ZKM museum’s display and reflects games’ importance within our contemporary society, so heavily influenced by digitalized realities of life.
 
One area of focus within the exhibition is independent games and serious games. These are approaches that have distinguished themselves, for example, by particularly innovative game ideas, interesting experimental approaches, powerful cultural statements, or a unique awareness of its own means and forms of expression. The exhibition’s special highlights are, amongst others, The Night Journey by media artist Bill Viola and 1378(km) by Jens Stober.
 

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