Pixel Playtime – A Curated Video Game Installation
At Alberta Theatre Projects for ‘Games’ by Linda Griffiths
Curated by Tyler Klein Longmire and Richard Lam
@ Alberta Theatre Projects – Martha Cohen Lobby
March 28, 2014
Richard Lam and I were invited to curate a night of video games for Alberta Theatre Project’s playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays as Guest Artists for their Raucous Caucus series. One of the shows was ‘Games’ by Linda Griffiths, which revolved around teenagers with video game ‘addictions’ and the parents who worry about them. We set up a dozen or so video game consoles in the lobby for a Friday performance before the show and during intermission, then hosted a party after the show, complete with a bar and competitive multi-player action.
We had games from the 1980’s to the present: Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boys and Game Gears, an N64, PlayStations 1, 2 and 3. We had games of different genres we felt were important to give context to the show: shoot-em-up FPS games, Dance Dance Revolution, Mario Kart 64 projected onto a big screen, multi-player zombie survival, and Japanese Dating Sims. We got everyone kind of buzzed and playing some of their favourite games from their childhood, plus exposed them to some games they never would have seen otherwise, so it was a fun and successful event! Many thanks to Laurel Green and ATP for bringing us in and providing the resources and assistance of their awesome Junior Apprentices to pull off the night.