IP Yuk-Yui reinvents a classic work of existentialism, Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus, as an experimental video game which invites the player to rethink the meaning of action, free will, and human intentionality. This contemporary, interactive version consists of two related but autonomous versions: S for Sisyphus ¬ (playable version) and S for Sisyphus ∞ (machinima version), each articulating the themes with a slightly different accent and experience.
S for Sisyphus ¬ (playable version)
"In the playable version, the player is confronted with a cube, and is left with the choice of a single action in the game world: pushing the cube forward in an endless horizon, or else ending the game by taking the character’s life. The player has the choice to experience from four different perspectives: the Player, the Cube, the Other and the Anonymous God, as the action unfolds."
S for Sisyphus ∞ (machinima version)
"An alternate and extended version, S for Sisyphus ∞ is a live animated film that complements the game version of the project. The major difference between the “game” version and the “film” version is that no human player is involved in the latter. Instead the game is “played” by the computer software automatically in real-time."
IP Yuk-Yiu is an experimental filmmaker, media artist, art educator and independent curator. His works have been showcased extensively at international festivals including European Media Art Festival, New York Film Festival (views from the avant garde), Image Festival, FILE Festival, VideoBrasil, Transmediale, ISEA and more. He is the founder of the art.ware project, an independent curatorial initiative focusing on the promotion of new media art in Hong Kong. Yuk has also lectured extensively on film, video and media art and has taught at Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Currently he is Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His recent works explore emergent and hybrid forms of cinema.
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