The third edition of Vector, one of the most important events about Game Art in the world, is upon us. The full program is now online and tickets are on sale. The Festival about GAMES.ART.NEW MEDIA takes place at multiple venues located in Toronto, Canada and will feature exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and discussions. As Martin Zeilinger and Skot Deeming aka Team Vector explain, "the works shown at Vector act as a critical bridge between digital games and the larger worlds of new media art practice." Highlights include the exhibition To Utility and Beyond. Interface Experiments in New Media and Game Art featuring works by Connor Campbell (CAN), Kieran Nolan (IRL), Juliana Riska/Dorian Reunkrilerk/Loriane Stary/Kim Boldt (FRA), Kara Stone/Nadine Lessio (CAN), Kim Hoang/Ben Swinden/Zachary Soares/Hamish Lambert (CAN) and Jochen Zeirzer (AUT). A terrific line-up.
Not to be missed is the related panel discussion Interface Experiments in New Media and Game Art (Friday, February 20th, from 7-9pm at Interaccess), featuring several of the artists involved. The panel examines issues related to interfaces and asks several important questions (e.g. "What makes an interface? What characterizes a successful (or a failed) attempt to interface with a game, a machine, an algorithm, or another human? What are the politics of interface design, and what are its aesthetics?").
More interfaces at the DMG x Vector 2015: Feb Fatale 3: Killer Interfaces Game Jam (February 7-8th @ Bento Miso). Participants will have 48hrs to create games featuring: “rampaging anthropomorphic vehicles, deadly robotesses and remote-controlled humanoid vigilantes, amazing/unusual/weird/big user interfaces, death and disempowerment to the machines.”
Vector's Performance Night (Saturday, February 21st,, @ Interaccess) is entirely dedicated to the theme of "Computer Music and it features three Canadian artists whose approaches to computer-based composition and performance are remarkably different: frAncIs, Devon Hansen, and JefftheWorld.
Lat but not least is 10 Print “Hello World”: A screening of early home computer animation (Sunday, Feb, 22nd. 7pm @ Videofag) curated by Clint Enns and featuring works by Tony Conrad, Manfred Mohr, Larry Cuba, bpNichol, Paul Petro, Arnait Video Productions and Mary Kunuk, John Whitney, Loren Carpenter.
Submitted by Matteo Bittanti