Avant Garde Atari
I’m weeping openly right now…..
It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen
It is part of Swiss artist Guillaume Reymonds “Game Over” project, now this my friends is what art is all about (*interestingly I’m really not sure at all whether I mean the last statement sincerely or if it is sarcastic, which speaks to the information overloaded confusion of the present day, which perhaps is what makes the simplicity of these games seem comforting)… Just as the Realism movement brought comfort to humanity with its pastoral scenes, Impressionism brought joy to the world showing emotion through the use of color, Art Deco celebrated the burgeoning industrial and technological world and pointed the way forward to the egalitarianism it provided, and Abstraction symbolized the great chaos and incredible pace of modern life …. when my generation is in need of inspiration we look to ….. wait for it….. **drumroll please** …. pac-mac. I’m sure we would find this troubling if we weren’t too nihilistic to care … even if we had the attention span to notice and process, but this is not the case so I say lets roll with it …. I mean the mother F’in Dalai Lama has a verified twitter account so what did you expect?
And you must admit this is one of the coolest things you’ve seen in a while. It really does have a similarity to the Andy Warhol Soup cans or Marilyn Monroe thing, no?
but really if pac-man ain’t art then what is
Finally someone is making use of the internet for something besides pr0n or people getting hit in the nuts or shooting themself in the face with a water melon…..
However it does fail in 2 critical areas:
1. No frogger …. frogger would have been the perfect vehicle for this and could have tied in with the Seinfeld episode for even more pop culture panache.
2. Clearly the project should be called “g4m3 0v312” … plz this in internet and video game 101 I shouldn’t have to tell you this.
Still all in all well done!
Le Singe approves of this retrotechnogeekiodvideofriedfunkfuture movement!
for another take on this look here at the Jack FM blog