What do we mean when we say video game art? For our Thursday Night Livestream on July 16, we will be joined by Dr. Pippin Barr to explore the use of video games as an art medium. We’ll look at common forms and themes that this medium explores, such as mods, machinimas, and the military. This discussion will introduce the audience to this exciting, emergent art medium. This discussion may contain references to mature subject matter.
Pippin Barr is a video game maker, educator, and critic who lives and works in Montréal. He is a prolific maker of videogames, producing games addressing everything from airplane safety instructions to contemporary art and has collaborated with diverse figures such as performance artist Marina Abramovic and Twitter personality @seinfeld2000. Pippin is a well-known figure in the independent games world, serving as a judge or juror for many festivals, and his games have been covered in publications from the New York Times to Slate to Kotaku. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University, the associate director of the Technoculture, Art, and Games (TAG) Lab, and a visiting lecturer in the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand on the subject of “videogame values.” Pippin also writes a blog of game and game design criticism at www.pippinbarr.com and his book, How to Play a Video Game, introduces the uninitiated and culturally curious to the world of video games.
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