Computer games transport real-world references, meanings and ideologies and can therefore be political and social media, in a positive, educational or ensnaring, propagandistic manner.
Developed by Goethe-Institut and ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, interactive exhibition Games and Politics investigates how computer games develop their political potential. One of the stations of the exhibition’s world tour is Rijeka, after it was recently presented in Skopje, Sofia and Zagreb.
The exhibition will open at Filodrammatica Gallery (Korzo 28/1, Rijeka) on Thursday, 17 January, 2019, at 8 pm.
This War of Mine
Based on computer games from the last twelve years which have had obviously political ambitions, it asks about the opportunities and limits of the genre to design a counter-position within the entertainment industry. On one hand, this counter-position can be formulated in simulation of the contingency of political decision making itself, or in the explicitly critical illustration of social conditions and grievances, which unifies all the games shown in the exhibition.
The exhibition features 16 politically-ambitious video games, and encourages visitors to examine how they each unfold their unique political potential, questioning various aspects of contemporary society: political decision making (Democracy 3), gender issues (Perfect Woman), surveillance state (TouchTone and Orwell), drone warfare (Killbox), the handling of refugees (Escape from Woomera), revolutions against totalitarian systems (Yellow Umbrella), the power of media (The Westport Independent), past or current political events (The Cat and the Coup), the consequences of war (This War of Mine), etc.
You can visit the exhibition until 1st Febuary, working days from 5 to 8 pm. If you wish to visit the exhibition in some other time, contact us by e-mail at info[at]drugo-more.hr or by phone at +385 51 212 957. Also, the exhibition will be open for visit on Sunday and Saturday, 19th and 20th January, together with the ambisonic installation Evacuation Plan by Croatian audio/video artist Toni Meštrović, which will also open on 17th January at 8 pm in the adjacent Large hall of Filodrammatica. Admission is free.