The touring exhibition GAMES AND POLITICS examines how computer games unfold their political potential. With the aid of obviously politically ambitious computer games of the past twelve years, it explores the scope and limits of the genre, constructing a counter-position within the entertainment industry.
GAMES AND POLITICS wants to present examples of various levels of the political sphere in games that can for the most part be played at the exhibition itself. The exhibition curators (Stephan Schwingeler of the ZKM and Jeannette Neustadt-Grusche of the Goethe-Institut / co-curator: Sophie Rau of the Goethe-Institut) have also asked both experts in media and cultural studies and game developers about the political potential of computer games. Their answers will be presented in mini-documentaries, a film introducing the exhibition and the exhibition catalogue.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Interactive Exhibit: Tuesday, February 21st- Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10 am- 6 pm, Fri: 10 am- 4pm
Panel Discussion-"Diversity in Video Games?" in cooperation with OPEN AUSTRIA: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Josef Wiesner- Organizer and curator zamSpielen, co-creator of CHESTO - At the Checkout, Austria
Bonnie Ruberg- Assistant Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine, lead organizer for the annual Queerness and Games Conference
Philip Jones- Filmmaker, Gaming in Color, 2015
Lasse Scherffig- Assistant Professor Art and Technology, San Francisco Art Institute, co-curator of the exhibition "Globale: Global Games" at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Moderator: Greg Niemeyer- Associate Professor in Digital Media in Art Practice, UC Berkeley; former head Berkeley Center for New Media
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