Lecture: Paolo Pedercini’s “Videogames and the Spirit of Capitalism” (2014) A 30 minute lecture by Paolo Pedercini aka Molleindustria originally given at Indiecade East 2014, based on an essay included in the catalog of Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life, an exhibition at FACT gallery in Liverpool. LINK: Paolo Pedercini aka Mollindustria Suvmitted by Matteo Bittanti Posted by matteo bittanti on 02/27/2014 in Art Game, Game Art, Lecture | Permalink
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A creation of programmer, designer, writer, theorist, and industry gadfly Chris Crawford, Balace of Power is an ambitious geopolitical simulation of the contemporary world circa 1985. Its original incarnation on the Macintosh appears to be lost, meaning we must piece together how it worked by reading reviews and playing a later port to an early version of Microsoft Windows. Fortunately, contemporaneous reviews of that Windows version all mention how similar it is to the Mac original. Balance of Power places you in charge of either the United States or the Soviet Union, seeking to extend your sphere of influence over as many as possible of the sixty other countries in the game in a high-stakes game of Cold War brinksmanship. It’s a grandiose concept indeed, and becomes even more so when you consider the sheer amount of information Crawford has packed in — stuff such as number of physicians per million people, average daily caloric intake, and average school enrollment for each country. Not only would earlier machines have drowned under such a tsunami of data, but making it accessible and relatable would also have been nearly impossible. In Balance of Power, it’s all organized into neat menus and windows, as fine an example of the Mac’s ability to make information visually immediate and relevant as anything that came out those first couple of years. Before too long all grand strategy games would be like this. Significant as it is as a waystation on the road to Civilization, Balance of Power is also a huge landmark of the serious-games movement. Simply put, this game has a rhetorical agenda. Boy, does it have an agenda. Pushing your opponent too far results in nuclear war, and the most famous piece of text Crawford has ever written.
You have ignited a nuclear war. And no, there is no animated display of a mushroom cloud with parts of bodies flying through the air. We do not reward failure.
90s CYYBERPUNK KID, from 2600 | The Hacker Quarterly fb page
A rare opportunity for a funded PhD studentship with CRUMB or/and Design. Previous applicants are very welcome to apply.
Details now available at http://nuweb2.northumbria.ac.uk/cdt/
Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design
invites high-quality applications for AHRC-funded studentships starting in October 2014, for PhD study in or across our Art and Design research groups.We welcome applications in: Design; Fine Art; Applied Arts, Glass and Ceramics; Digital Art, Curating; Visual and Material Culture; and History of Art.
Application deadline – Monday 28th April, 12pm. Interviews – Monday 12 May and Wednesday 14 May, 2014.
Before applying for an AHRC studentship, you should make preliminary enquiries with our subject specialists listed below to assess whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported within the Northumbria-Sunderland CDT.
You might be particularly interested in:
Digital Art / Curation: Professor Beryl Graham
Design (Sunderland): Professor Beryl Graham
What’s different this year?
1. The UK/EU residency rules have become more open – see AHRC’s Student Funding Guide pages 92 – 98)
. There are now Design studentships available as well as Curating New Media Art, so those interested in curating design, or open source or generative software design, might also be tempted to apply.
Do feel free to chat informally with me about this if you are interested.
Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art http://www.crumbweb.org
Research Student Manager, Art and Design
MA Curating Course Leader http://www.macurating.net
Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media, University of Sunderland The David Puttnam Media Centre, St Peter’s Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD
Tel: +44 191 515 2896
Recent books by Beryl Graham:
New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences Ashgate
Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media MIT Press
A Brief History of Curating New Media Art The Green Box
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is to host an exhibition of the man’s paintings (image via Wikipedia)
An old college friend once rented a townhouse in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, from a retired spook who, in his later years, had taken up the avocation of painting. All he painted were phone booths, in a realist style that played primarily with light, and the house’s walls were covered…
The seal of the US Copyright Office (via Wikimedia)
US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have introduced a bill that would give visual artists royalties on the resale of their work, or droit de suite, Congress announced this afternoon. The bill is called the American Royalties, Too (ART) Act of 2014.
The ART Act seeks “to level the playing…