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Art And Gaming 2013

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At the forefront of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices, Of Games – a gaming residency at Khoj was keen to explore new mediums and forms of creativity. Khoj wanted to develop this residency towards an intersection of artistic expression and technological inquiry. This residency was an exciting opportunity to articulate the contribution of games towards visual culture. Khoj offered its 16 years of archive as inspiration for producing new games and toward contributing to the creative and cultural importance of computer games.

Games as commonplace in cinema, in terms of their role as a narrative medium;  games as contexts for immersion into game play; games as an immediate way of breaking out of ourselves and being immersed in game play, that offers us a system more logically consistent than the one our consciousness is loaded into.

The residency looked beyond the interpretation of rendering game play as an artistic activity. The residency explored kinds of game play and platform-bending paradigms that inter-disciplinary teams of developers, story-tellers and pixel-crafters forge together. It began with an interest in psychological landscaping, simulation, modelling, and soft-architectures which were relayed to six teams who propose and put-together lucid narratives, which eventually took the form of a five-week residency exploiting the inherent looseness in the frames that held story-telling, cinema and software together.

This residency was co-curated by Prayas Abhinav.


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