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An Online Exhibition of Digital Media


Game Room is an online portal and archive created to synergize videos, games, images, and other forms of digital media with the works on exhibit at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. The Game Room is a continuation of BCA’s commitment to new media artist through the Digital Matrix and Bronx Recognizes Its Own programs. Artists are selected through an open call and panel consisting of Juanita Lanzo, Kim Vaquedano, and Vanessa Gonzalez. The selection of the works was based on originality and the ability to effectively engage the audience, a dynamic discourse on the themes of politics, poverty, education, exploitation, identity, and other societal issues. As a result, the games here are tools for social change. Therefore, the user’s interaction and play with these games can influence and possibly change the world, one experience at a time.

The Game Room’s home on the website bridge's the gap between cross-national and international works of art, the artists represented here live and work abroad. The Game Room brings together artists and audiences who otherwise would not come together due to geographic location.

 
The Cat and Coup

The Cat and the Coup is a documentary videogame in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

Install for Mac or PC required.

 

Peter Brinson is a game developer, filmmaker and educator living in Los Angeles. His work explores the narrative possibilities found in animal protagonists, documentary play and collective ownership. His films and games have exhibited in numerous venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Independent Games Festival, Ars Electronica, Slamdance, Indiecade, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Games for Change, The Kitchen, and SIGGRAPH. He has been distributed by the Video Data Bank and Steam. Brinson attended the University of North Carolina and the California Institute of the Arts, and currently teaches in the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Kurosh ValaNejad has managed to remain an amateur by continually changing the field where he applies his computer-graphics skills. During the last 20 years, he has worked with artists and scientists in a variety of disciplines including land planning, architecture, publishing, fine art, animation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and now computer games. The resulting works are evidence of the synergistic value of collaboration.

Double World

Double World A Niu Miao Game is a RPG game that combines with two parts. One part is the world of chinese traditional landscape, the player will go into a traditional journey. The other part is a more realistic world, which is full of competition and desire.

This game is currently playable at Longwood Gallery.

Read more about this game.

 
Niu Miao is a new generation Chinese artist who works with a variety of media, including digital media, painting , photography, sculpture and installation. Miao receieved his first master degree from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), the most will know Art School in China. majoring in Sculpture & Installation Art. Miao is a recepeint of several awards including the Gold Award in Graduate Show for his “Self Portrait Series” in 2007 and his ork has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Finding Zoe

RePlay: Finding Zoe / ReJouer: Où est Zoé? is an award-winning online game for youth aged 8 to 14 on issues of healthy relationships, gender-based violence and gender stereotypes. RePlay/ReJouer tells the story of two friends looking for their good friend Zoe, who didn’t show up at school that day. Rumors about Zoe and her boyfriend Jake are flying around the neighbourhood but Zoe’s friends suspect something deeper is going on – she may be caught up in an abusive relationship. As they search for Zoe, her friends come across clues and are challenged by mini-games on stereotypes about gender and violence.

Play this game online! (Flash required)

 
Andrea Gunraj is Outrach director at METRAC and team lead of the RePlay/ReJouer Project. She holds over 10 years of experience working to prevent violence and sicrimination against women and youth and develop community capacity from an anti-oppressive perspecitve. Andrea is a published author and mussician. She has developed content for a number of digital games addressing women’s rights, gender-based violence and oppresion.
Sweatshop Superstar

Brutal sewing at it’s finest! Sweatshop Superstar is a bloody rhythm action game in the vein of Guitar Hero. After being sold to Mr. Enojado by his mother, Pepe starts work in a factory. Players guide Pepe, an 8 year old boy with a heart of gold and the fingers of an arthritic corpse through 25 seams of 5 different garments!

This game is currently playable at Longwood Gallery.

Coming soon to iPhone and iPod Touch.

Click here for the trailer!

   

Lawrence Mascia is an interactive artist that specializes in creating lush worlds that can be explored with a click of the mouse. He's currently spending his time teaching Game Design at Wagner College and cranking out awesome digital games.

Clay Ewing is an interactive designer with interests in art, education, information systems, computer intelligence and the collision of society with technology. Clay has a B.A. in Telecommunications Production from Pepperdine University and a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design. While at Pepperdine, he produced and hosted a late night variety show on campus. Upon graduation, Clay entered the world of legal information technology, where he developed custom applications for knowledge management and software deployment. Recently, Clay has been dabbling in games and data mining to explore social connectedness and awareness. He has a lust for all that is nerd.

The Riverbed

The Riverbed - Water IS the new oil. According to the UN, shortage of clean water is a root cause of poverty, social instability and even war. Population increases, climate change and economic advancement will only compound these trends. New tools are needed to raise awareness, educate and empower people to understand and act. The Riverbed: An Eco-Noir Mystery aims to do just that.

Play this game online! (Flash required)

   

Mary Wharmby is a user experience designer, transforming complexity into elegance. Incorporating graphic design, interaction desgin, game dynamics and storytelling, she makes interactive products that are intuitive and engaging to use, creating enjoyment and understanding.
Working in the design industry for over fifteen years in firms ranging from small start-ups to large multinationals, her experience encompasses a wide variety of design challenges including interaction design, visual design, art direction and print. In addition to freelance design, Mary teaches graduate courses in UX at Academy of Art University, has an MFA in New Media and an MA in International Relations.

Always Go Left

Always Go Left is a video game reminiscent of the 1980's Pitfall! However rather than playing the role of a jungle adventurer searching for gold, you play the role of a Latin American leftist revolutionary. Unlike most 2D scrolling games, you must run to the left rather than right. If you run right a pack of wolves that are constantly at your heels will eat you alive.

Play this game online! (Flash Required)

   

Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice that seeks to establish dialogue in public spaces. Having been born of immigrant parents and grown up between Nicaragua and San Francisco, a strong awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination, gentrification and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactfully engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives.

 

 

















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Longwood Arts Project is the contemporary art center of the Bronx Council on the Arts with the mission to support artists and their work, especially emerging artists and those from under-represented groups such as people of color and women. Longwood Arts Project hosts exhibits and programs such as Digital Matrix and public programs that provide opportunities for free and open dialogue on arts and culture.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos presents solo and group exhibitions of art produced in various media and through interdisciplinary practices that connect artists, communities, and ideas within and beyond the Bronx. Longwood's Project Room was created in 1991 to focus on Bronx and Bronx-based artists who present solo and experimental projects that aim to address issues of politics of identity, class, gender and urban and popular culture.


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A program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, Longwood Arts Project is funded, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts' Visual Arts Program, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Jerome Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Krasdale Foods, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council of New York and the member ship of the BCA. Longwood Arts Project is a member of the National Association of Artists Organizations, the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, and Media Channel, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Bronx Empowerment Zone, Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Special thanks to Hostos Community College and the Center for Arts & Culture for their generous support of the exhibition program.

 

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