Sunday, April 19, 2009

King Ludd's Midway Arcade

Version Fest is...

"an annual springtime arts festival that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and progressive art initiatives of our day. The ten day festival showcases emerging trends in art, technology and music."

As a part of Version '09, the King Ludd's Midway Arcade is...

"King Ludd's Midway Arcade began with a call for proposals seeking home-made video games, parlor games, and carnival games that would, in some way, challenge or offer and alternative to the forward march of high technology. Games could be analog, low-tech, or hacker. Artists were encouraged to think about the games as a site to investigate metaphors for social engagement or the production of social spaces. The results have been spectacular!"

Material Exchange, a group of artist dedicated to using used materials in the production of something else useful or otherwise artistic in nature, put out the call for proposales to create analog games. I was talking with Sara Black about how I too am building analog games form salvaged/used materials. They graciously invited me to contribute a game. I am building a portable skee-ball game with interchangeable back-boards. It's coming together nicely, and I hope to show pictures of it here, or on a new game building blog. But, just come out to the show to try your hand at it, and what should be a round-up of many challenging games.

Because this is a brew blog, here comes the part about home brewed beer. As a finale for the event, we will be hosting an after-party featuring all the games plus 3 home brewed beers and a keg of Half Acre craft beer. It only took a nano-second to say yes, after asking Kevin LaVoy to brew a batch for the event. Take a look at his LMNR Pale Ale. I brewed my Palisades Best Bitter, and Sara Black also brewed a batch. Its really going to be a BLAST, so I hope to see everyone there.

The info...

At the Experimental Station in Hyde Park
6100 South Blackstone Avenue

Opening night: Saturday, April 25th, 7-11pm
Sunday, 26th from 2-8pm
Friday, May 1st, 7-11pm
Saturday, May 2nd, 2-8pm & after-party 6pm-?

Adults: $5, Kids $3
All proceeds support Material Exchange,
the Experimental Station,
and the artists who made the games.


Russ said...

So this may be a little off-topic, but I'm confused by this whole event... It's named after the fictional leader of the Luddites, but it "showcases emerging trends in art, technology and music," but the arcade features games "that would, in some way, challenge or offer and alternative to the forward march of high technology." Seems like a mixed message there...

Anyway, I'm much less concerned about the philosophy behind the event and much more concerned about having fun and drinking beer so I'm gonna see if we can squeeze this into our calendar.

On an unrelated note, my boss is very psyched about the release of Baumé (as am I for that matter). Any word on which liquor stores will be carrying it?

Russ said...

Oh, wait... Just noticed it's the ARCADE that's called King Ludd's, not the entire festival.

Hey, I never claimed to be able to read carefully. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I think the game turned out brilliant! I love it, the legs, the ramp, the backing. Reminds me how much I enjoyed skee ball when I was little.

Congrats and props to you for building what I hope, is a success!

Russ said...

I agree... even the King of Skeeball would have been impressed (remind me to tell you my King of Skeeball story next time we get together). Honestly, I was tempted to stay home as yesterday was an exhausting day of work work and yard work and I wasn't feeling up for going out but Leah really pushed for us to go and I'm glad she did; all the games were pretty sweet (and the beer wasn't bad either)!