Three collages, in situ in an exhibition at Unity Theatre, Liverpool alongside the work of six other artists, each responding to the theme of ‘Patterns and Poetry:
I appear to return to the premise of extracting poetry from video games a few times a year. Almost in a hobbyist fashion. I tend to use certain exhibitions as an opportunity to develop the premise, which has altered slightly from writing poetry about video games to extracting poetry directly from video game code: This offers only a finite and actually rather limited set of text to respond to – providing both a challenge to me personally yet also offering something more considered and nuanced to an audience, as the text directly references the very fabric of a video game. I shall persist with this body of work from time to time when the opportunity arises, as I feel that it is both worth undertaking and is becoming more disciplined in its application.
Patterns and Poetry runs at Unity Theatre, Liverpool until 13th February.
Positioned in between satisfying my crowdfunding rewards and waiting for perfume materials to arrive, I find myself in a brief period of reflection. Able to turn my mind away from the world of perfume briefly, and revisit something initiated last year – finding art in video games.
However, I wish to further my exploration into extracting poetry from video games rather than aping it. And so, I present to you poems creating by taking video game code and isolating parts of it, revealing text:
The idea remains – to extend the gaming experience into areas that reveal video games as a meaningful cultural force in a way that transcends their original purpose. Using video games as a platform for creative exploration illustrates a rich and full capacity for social, moral and personal comment. And assessing gaming from a fine art platform enriches our experiences with them. It’s a subject a great deal of passion for and something I wish to explore further. Indeed, hopefully at some point next year I’ll be setting up another open call about video games with fellow artist Sharon Mossbeck.
For now though, I’ll content myself with these pieces of work. They’ll both be on display at Arena Gallery, Liverpool, on the 8th and 9th August, along with work by other members of SOUP Collective. So do pop along if you can!