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Tomorrow in Winnipeg. Re:Play. video game art & technology fair.

June 10, 2011

It’s been a busy few weeks for me prepping for Re:Play which is at the Winnipeg Art Gallery tomorrow.  I’ve been meaning to write a bit about the event and am just getting to this.    Re:Play is the evolution of several other game culture themed events that I have been programming in Winnipeg, Including DATA DANCE (a chiptune dance party/ pop-up arcade night), and the Gr8 Bits show (video game themed art nights). It came about when the Anna Weibe, the education coordinator for the Art Gallery approached me about doing something at the WAG for their summer programme, something that would bring people into the gallery who otherwise may not visit it, something family friendly.   So after much brain storming we came up with the idea of a day long fair that featured indie games/ art/ crafts/ music etc by creatives in Winnipeg would all work in the field of gamer culture in one capacity or another.   Here’s the list of people who are exhibiting their works at Re:Play:

Po-Mo Inc.
New Media Manitoba
Isabelle Kilimnik (gamed themed water colour paintings)
Infinite Ammo
Clint Enns (live circuit bending workshop).
Complex Games
Glacier Games
Tom’s Computer Works
Bit Collective ( makers of the Winnitron!)
team 20xx (chiptune DJ collective)
(bit cadet, 10fwd, Dj wasteland, hexidecimate, d0p3f1sh)
Exousia Crafts (selling game culture themed handmade crafts)
Project Whitecard.
Strata Studios (makers of the upcoming 100 YEN: the Japanese Arcade Experience documentary)!
EXP zine ( gamer zine from Toronto, Ontario).
The Bonus Stage (Kick FM’s Game Culture radio show)

AND in addition to these people exhibiting their works, there is a small speaker series occuring as well… 7 of the exhibitors are going to do 20 minute presentations on their work, here’s the schedule:

12:30-12:50 –Kert Gartner (Bit Collective)
Kert will be discussing the creation of the live action // video game trailers that he has made for the Winnitron 1000 Indie Arcade Cabinet using his professional digital f/x skills.

1:15-1:35 Brad Crawford (Strata Studios)
Brad will be sharing his fascination with Japanese Arcade culture and how that led him to created the upcoming documentary film, 100 Yen, the Japanese Arcade Experience

2:00-2:20 Skullspace
SkullSpace is Winnipeg’s first hackerspace, and its goal is to bring together Winnipeg’s finest builders, designers, programmers and artists to help focus their knowledge and creativity. Come find out what we have to offer our members and how you too can be a part
of this amazing community.

2:30-2:50 Alec Holowka (Bit Collective / Infinite Ammo)
Award winning indie game designer Alec Holowka will tell us the story of the making of his in progress game Marian, how it began as a 3D game and it’s new state as a 2D game.

3:10-3:30 Po-Mo Inc
From sound reactive dragons to interactive installations that respond to everything from people’s movement, to text messaging, Curt and Matt from PoMo will share some of their works from the past several years.

3:45-4:10 Phil Girouard (Glacier Games)
Phil will take us through the creation of his latest game “THEM” , as well as discussing working with larger game publishers such as EA (Electronic Arts).

4:20-4:40 Clint Enns
An artist and filmmaker who work spans many different forms of media, Clint will share the influence of gaming culture on his work through discussing his practice which includes video, film, installation, circuit bending and more.

I’m really pleased with the media attention and the good reception the event is already getting.   Yesterday, Winnipeg’s local arts weekly paper, UpTown, published this interview with me talking about the event.  And I just recently did a telephone interview with Producer / Host Rick Hart on a show called Urban Nation LIVE on local radio station StreetzFM about it, which led to a conversation about him wanting a video game culture correspondent for the show, which he offered to me, which I took!!! So through this, I’m now a radio correspondent!!!   Also, Tomorrow morning I am going to be interviewed on CBC Manitoba’s Weekend Morning show about the event, and another interview on the cbc site should be posted shortly!

The best part about this for me is not the personal attention, but rather the fact that mainstream media is increasingly seeing gamer culture for something other than marginal culture.  And indeed many of you reading this blog already know that.  It’s nice to find that games, gamer culture and the like are resonating with an audience here.    We’ve got nowhere to go but up, and that’s very exciting!

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