The museum and art gallery are not neutral spaces, but architectures that reproduce particular social and political orders. And Luxury Simulator enables you to experience and critique the mission of the Late Capitalist museum to acquire, curate and restrict works of ‘art’ as an act of excessive, morbid consumption.
I’m going to assume that Dropsy’s inhuman, beach-ball-shaped body is meant to resemble the terrible medical affliction to which his name refers. Edema, for which “dropsy” is an archaic and impolitic slang, is a painful condition caused by the swelling of fluid trapped beneath tissues, usually in the extremities but theoretically anywhere on the body. If my assumption is correct, then Dropsy is in constant, all-consuming pain.
This year has proven it’s easy to put me in tears. The amount of destruction and death caused by lone gunmen or angry policemen in this year alone has spurred fear, yes, but also an immeasurable amount of anger. People of color have been shouting for equality and recognition. We have been shouting to covered ears, closed eyes, and loaded guns. We are still shouting.
If Haraway’s cyborg was associated with ideas like augmenting the human body with digital technology, the monster is figured by the experience of alienation, and access to pharmaceutical technologies such as anti-depressants, hormones, and the pill. As Paul Preciado writes, the biomedical monster is not a Frankenstein’s monster. It is all of us: “you, you as well, are the monster”. In doing this, the cyborg is slowly transforming into the biomedical monster.
There’s an experiential quality to Rothko’s work that not only defies solid description, but also lends itself to the same kind of confessional criticism that became known in the games scene as New Games Journalism. There’s something about “the journey” that is crucial to understanding the work–how you come “face to face” with the image, and where the painting takes you afterwards. There is absolutely no substitute for Being There.
The false spectre of the 'predatory gay male', who violently oversteps boundaries and who ignores consent has long been used to justify violence, enforced medical, chemical and psychiatric procedures, and oppressive legislature against homosexual men.
“Glitch” was first used as astronaut slang to describe an overload in voltage in 1962. This definition is apt because many of the behaviors and aesthetics of early videogames would be determined by hardware limitations and their potential for overload.
These days developers are more connected than ever. We’ve heard a lot about how tools like Twine and Twitter let them create quickly and share widely. What’s less talked about is the culture of mutual aid which sees Twine users emulating the protagonist in Body of Bind.
In 1993, performance artist Joseph Ng infamously snipped his pubic hair in a series of public performances to draw attention to the country’s criminalization of homosexuality. In response, both performance art and ‘forum theatre’ became ineligible for government funding, as ‘spontaneous’ art with no script and the possibility of audience interaction posed dangers to ‘public order, security and decency.