The notion of play has long been a crucial
factor in our lives, as our doings integrate and unfold in games. When
technology advances, the world of gaming has moved away from interactive
equipment and manifested in virtual reality.
I have always been obsessed with video games;
from the 80s’ Nintendo’s Game Boy, to the mobile games and AR devices of today.
The gaming industry has reflected on forty years of technological developments
and the changes of human values, at the same time, the game industry continued
to shape our economic structure. In place of physical value, the next
generation will be driven by the utility of a digital future. The 00s grow up
in the intangible digital world, in a society that would be characterized by
the digital assets of animation, virtual Idols, game accessories and virtual
For his video installation “Super Mario
Clouds”, Cory Arcangel has tweaked the game’s code in a cartridge of Super
Mario Brothers, presenting his work as a game within the game. Forty years have
passed since Super Mario Clouds came out, and the mainstream of game culture is
now dominated by virtual and augmented reality. As we maneuver in digital
games, it is becoming hard to tell reality from fantasy. In such context, how
do we transfer our real life values into the digital world?
The exhibition will investigate the latest
gaming technologies with traditional game consoles, by inviting the audiences
to rethink on the real and digital world.