Videogames are often described in terms of folk art. Sensationalized as fairy tale monsters, seducers that steal people from their families, away from health and creativity, away from social mores into an all-encompassing netherworld at once violent and unreal. Equally, videogames have also been tagged as heroes of the digital age – heralded as changing the way we learn and engage with each other, and offering new material for creating new art forms.
In this series of exhibitions, we look at the relationship of games with other art forms and converse with ideas around art-based approaches to game making and the materials used to make games. We examine games as a lens through which to examine other, more established art practices. We also address the potential for games to take up the mantle of other art forms in the process of critiquing society and creating change.

Tanya Krzywinska Professor of Digital Games and Director of the Games Academy at Falmouth University

Games & {performing} Arts International Festival 2018

This year’s festival looks at games through the lens of play. Play transcends the immediate needs of life and opens up an alternative scope for action or a ‘room for manoeuvre’, in which things are ‘at play’, loosened from their ties to the everyday. Play is thus a space, where new meanings can emerge. Games as {performing} arts explores this generative capacity of play across the two domains of games and performance. Both of them render the boundaries between our reality and other, possible realities porous and elastic, allowing us to move from one to the other, become somebody or something else, and play by different rules. Games as {performing} arts both manifests and creates new links between games and performance by looking at how time, movement and rules-as-enabling-constraints become catalysts for play. Audiences will immerse and improvise in a series of exhibitions and performances, where human performers become puzzle pieces, unassuming objects come alive, realities are unearthed, and new connections are made.

Dr Petra Gemeinboeck Associated researcher at the MetaMakers Institute at Falmouth University and artist in residency. 

Exhibition at the Exchange Gallery 10-31 May 2018

Festival Penryn Campus 7-15 June 2018