Staying in to play, by artist, writer and games
Paul Bichard, was at www.variablemedia.org from April 7th to
July 6th 2003. This work explored the illusionary, immersive space
that is first person digital game play.
Bichard developed a 3D video game environment during
his 90 day on-line residency. Regular visitors witnessed the environment,
structure and functionality of the game mutate and modify, towards
an indeterminate end.
"I am interested in exploring the zone
where consciousness is blurred and beliefs and values are suspended
or subverted. The First Person digital game is particularly relevant
in that it positions the player as prime effector, prime focus and
target, eroding the distance between the real and fantasy. Key to
this is the means by which players are empowered and develop influence
through the uncovering of patterns and narratives, through encountering
multiple 'death' or transformation experiences and how this affects
implied identity and consequence within the game space."
John Paul Bichard 2003
Bichard will continue to develop the project at
his own site.
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