PARC DE LA VILLETTEFrom slaughterhouses to premier urban cultural parkA laboratory of cultural democratizationGRANDE HALLE...
For details check www.villette-numerique.com… A MULTIDISCIPLINARY FESTIVALVillette Numérique aimed to gather projects at t...
… TWO EXHIBITIONS offered an opportunity to pursue the voyage between arts andtechnology:…THE DIGIT@RT exhibition (Cité de...
… CINEMA AND LIVE ARTS in an electronic world         … invitation of international digital film festivals : Resfest Festi...
PLAYTIME: THE GAMES ROOMThe creation of the project in contextReferences          <lets entertain, WAC          <psychoana...
What brought me to the conception of the games room… bringing dance-music and digital art together… new media as means 4 c...
70 video games :Retrospective of the first video games for computers, such as Pong and Space Invaders,the first consoles a...
Video games of the third millennium :Exhibition of video games on console, PC and network, presenting the latest advances ...
Artists Web sites:http://www.sissyfight.comhttp://www.arosa2000.com/home/honeyhttp://www.calarts.edu/~bookchin/intruder/fa...
The scenery and free entranceThe reasoning behind the choice of artistsFinal results
Conclusion on curating new media in a games room< a games room is a good means to help discover new media to an uninitiate...
Curating new media in a gaming room, Transmediale 2003
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This conference was given at Transmediale in 2003 about Playtime, the gaming room of Villette Numerique, it explains why I confrontated video and computer games from the past from the present and created by artists.

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Curating new media in a gaming room, Transmediale 2003

  1. 1. PARC DE LA VILLETTEFrom slaughterhouses to premier urban cultural parkA laboratory of cultural democratizationGRANDE HALLEA Polyvalent SpaceThe great axes of its programming scheduleVILLETTE NUMERIQUEHistorical contextObjectiveDifficulties in project construction
  2. 2. For details check www.villette-numerique.com… A MULTIDISCIPLINARY FESTIVALVillette Numérique aimed to gather projects at the frontiers of dance, theatre, music,contemporary art, video games and cinema.… the international ELECTRONIC MUSIC SCENE… CONCERTS3 exceptional concerts from the group Kraftwerk, GRM (Musical Researches group) withChristian Fennesz and Arnaud Rebotini, Ryoji Ikeda in a music/image creation and,playing in trio with Carsten Nicolaï / Mikka Vaino.… " NUITS ELECTRO "2 Electro Nights with 34 International DJS playing live or in set on 4 stagessimultaneously: Jacques Lu Cont, Derrick Carter, LFO, François K., SLAM, Ellen Allienetc.… PLAY AREA :An open air and free event that reunited young artists of the French electronic musicscene.
  3. 3. … TWO EXHIBITIONS offered an opportunity to pursue the voyage between arts andtechnology:…THE DIGIT@RT exhibition (Cité des Sciences) presented the most recent digital artstrends to the extent that these have an influence on art teaching, creativity and research.… more than 60 works, installations :Du ZhenJun, Samuel Bianchini, Andrea Davidson,Priam Givord and Martin Lenclos, Grégory Chatonsky, Jean-Pierre Balpe…… PLAY TIME - the gaming room explored the frontiers between art and entertainmentwith a retrospective of video games created over the last 30 years.works from N.Bookchin, E. Zimmermann, Virtualists, Space Invaders, GNN Networks, Heavy, MiltosManetas, JODI, Saasfee...… Installations/performances (Grande Halle) : Sonic Interface Akitsugu Maebayashi,360° Granular Synthesis, Chronopolis Chris Slater and Erik Adigard, OutdoorsoundInstallation Tommi Grönlund/Petteri Nisunnen, Full Play Paolo Atzori/BudBlumenthal/Anthony Moore, Go Stéphane Sautour
  4. 4. … CINEMA AND LIVE ARTS in an electronic world … invitation of international digital film festivals : Resfest Festival/New York, OneDotZero/ London, The Film Festival/Rotterdam, as well as the SIGGRAPH / San Antonio, Imagin@.02 / Monaco and French festivals e-magiciens / Valenciennes ... … The Live Shows : "Calderón" from Pasolini by Jean Marc Musial; Bleu by Yann Marussich, DAVE Klaus Obermaïer and Chris Haring. "Comme cela vous chante" ("As you feel it") an interactive opera devised by the Digital Image and Virtual Reality team of Paris VIII university. … WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES bringing together artists, researchers, and teachers to explore and debate the aesthetic, philosophical, technical or political issues of the electronic arts. … VILLETTE EMERGENCES was the rendez-vous for new cultural places and all the people involved in the electronic arts of the Paris region. … www.villette-numerique.com designed by Panoplie Prod presents a virtual gallery onthe theme of "Sound Games" and Society a multi- player flash game with 4 universes designed byPanoplie Prod
  5. 5. PLAYTIME: THE GAMES ROOMThe creation of the project in contextReferences <lets entertain, WAC <psychoanalyst Michael Stora … Playtime is fun time. A time for players to take revenge on the image and byimmersion in the image permitting the game; we can dominate it just as it dominated usearlier. The tyranny of images in the world has forced ideals on us which do not correspond to our reality. Playing is a symbolic manner for humans to get the word back… <gamestudies.org, gamasutra.com, Eric Zimmermann … What is the future of serious fun?
  6. 6. What brought me to the conception of the games room… bringing dance-music and digital art together… new media as means 4 cultural democracy… mixing of disciplines… enable the public to experience - through play - the technological evolutionthrough the last thirty years, through changes in both graphics and sound… changing games status… confrontation between high tech and low tech aesthetics
  7. 7. 70 video games :Retrospective of the first video games for computers, such as Pong and Space Invaders,the first consoles and the first computers, all in working order :Computers : Apple1 (1977), Micral N(1973), Goupil G2 (1982): jeu en basic, Sinclair ZXSpectrum (1982): jeu Jet Set Willy, Commodore 3032 (1979) : Space Invaders en basic,Commodore C64 (1982) : jeu Pacman, Thomson MO5 (1984) : jeu La Mine auxDiamants, Amstrad CPC6128 (1985) : jeu Arkanoïde, Atari 520 STF (1985) : jeu Vroom,Amiga500 ( 1985) : jeu Pacmania, Oric Atmos (1984) : jeu Xenon 1.Consoles : Pong (1976) : jeu tennis, foot, squash..., Atari VCS 2600 (1977) : jeuPacman, Videopac (1979) : jeu Duel, Nes (1985) : jeu Mario, Megadrive (1988) : jeuSonic, SNES (1991) : jeu Supermario, Jaguar (1993) : jeu Rayman, Saturn (1995) : jeuRadiant Silver Gun, N64 (1996) : jeu Mario 64.On loan from Philippe Dubois, http:// www.mo5.com, CSI Halle aux Cuirs, Silicium, http://www.silicium.org
  8. 8. Video games of the third millennium :Exhibition of video games on console, PC and network, presenting the latest advances incinematics, graphics and gameplay, plus the new possibilities offered by the Internet.Free play games: GTAIII/Take Two Interactive, State of Emergency/Take Two Interactive, MetalGear Solid2/On loan from AKIBA, Dance Dance Revolution/On loan from AKIBA, Anarchyonline/Focus http://www.focus-home.com, Dark Age of Camelot/GOA, Counterstrike /On loanfrom Sierra.Installation, network performance and digital video :Article 30 Virtual Reality installation by Les Virtualistes about war against war on terrorism.Miltos Manetas & the neenstars,Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas & Rafael Rosendtal: networkperformance organised with the Electronicorphanage in Los Angeles, mix/live of animationsproduced by the neenstars (midnight-4am)Plug & Play A video loop taken from a music and video performance by Invader (FR) and the BritishDJ Andrew Sharpley.
  9. 9. Artists Web sites:http://www.sissyfight.comhttp://www.arosa2000.com/home/honeyhttp://www.calarts.edu/~bookchin/intruder/fast/html/a_title.htmlhttp://www.praystation.comhttp://www.eboy.dehttp://untitled-game.orghttp://www.heavy.comhttp://www.hoogerbrugge.comhttp://www.flyingpuppet.comhttp://www.lecielestbleu.com/html/main_lceb.htmhttp://www.guerrillanews.com/white_america/Games on CD-ROM:Neoangin: game in 70 design by Jim AvignonBorderland: Game by Laurent Hart & Julien Alma, created from videos filmed in Paris and the innersuburbs.
  10. 10. The scenery and free entranceThe reasoning behind the choice of artistsFinal results
  11. 11. Conclusion on curating new media in a games room< a games room is a good means to help discover new media to an uninitiated public< where subversive ideas could be introduced within the institution< an unusual and mixed representation of the usual exhibition going public< a good mixing of publics< the games room experience is only the first step for introduction of different public andartistic disciplines and such experiences has to be increased< still keeping a pedagogic function based on pleasure.… learning is not truly effective without hedonistic experiences … Freud

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