June 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Eric Caoili
Non-profit artist association iMAL (Interactive Media Art Laboratory) is hosting a two-month exhibition titled "Playlist: Playing Games, Music, Art", which looks to explore the technologies, audio and visual components, and other aspects of the chip music scene, at the Center for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels.
The show's organizer's explain how their examination of how artists are reinventing obsolete digital media:
"The show demonstrates that the retro-gaming phenomenon in visual arts can be considered an outfit of a pretty musical phenomenon, that in a bunch of years spread out all over the world through festivals and clubs, occasionally influencing mainstream musicians; and that visual and musical research progressed on parallel paths, in the quest for lo-fi sounds and low-res aesthetics, synthetic colors and notes.
Playlist proposes artists from the chiptune scene and the media arts world sharing attitudes such as DIY, recycling, subversive refusal of programmed obsolescence, aesthetics of the glitches from electronic materials. On display, artworks (objects, installations, videos, computer-based and printed works), but also instruments, tools, software, hardware, records, 8-bit music, movie documentary, platforms and communities."
Playlist features performances, installations, and works from dozens of artists and groups from around the world, many of whom we've featured on GameSetWatch before: Alex "Enso" Bond, Don "No Carrier" Miller, 2 Player Productions, Raquel Meyers, former GSW columnist Jeremiah "Nullsleep" Johnson, etc.
The exhibition kicked off last week and will run until August 21st at the Center for Digital Cultures and Technology. It's open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11AM to 7PM, and admission is only €5 (€3 for students, seniors, and unemployed visitors.)
You can learn more about Playlist and its participating artists at iMAL's site. I've also included several photos taken from the exhibit after the break: