Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 8pm
Curated by Eddo Stern
Artist Eddo Stern presents a screening of fan-made machinima from the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, focusing on videos that operate outside the traditional reverence of fan art and the game world's own parameters, such as those dealing with real-life death, pornography, and drugs. While only dubiously subversive, they nevertheless reflect a compelling phenomenon, one in which a more hermetic idea of "fantasy" as cordoned-off reality (seen in hardcore role playing) is being replaced by pseudo-fantasy genre games like WoW that spill over into the real world, and vice versa, through the homebrew manipulations of its multitudinous fan base.
Featured titles, among others, will include:
Rest in Peace Ignoramus
Amongst Fables and Men
Where Evil Grows
Welcome to Exploration (DOPEFISH)
Sex Junkie (French)
Broadcast Yourself (Gunter Soundtrack)
Stern will also be showing his recent video Best... Flame War... Ever... (King of Bards vs. Squire Rex, June 2004), which recreates an argument about degrees of expertise within the computer fantasy game Everquest, as followed by the artist in June 2004 on the Alkhazam online gaming message boards. Rendered in 3D animation at once elaborate and oblique, it serves as a spot-on ethnography for a particular slice of 21st century nerd culture and the thorny political terrain that surrounds it.
Followed by a post-show discussion between Stern and Alexander R. Galloway.
Tickets - $6, available at door.