ALT+CTRL

2004. A unique festival of independent and alternative games, showcasing the most innovative new concepts in computer games by independent developers, artists, and game modders. Not unlike the Sundance Film Festival, ALT+CTRL seeks to cultivate a vibrant, independent game community and highlight novel experiments in game design, game genres, methodologies, and approaches to game play. ALT+CTRL is a sequel to the ground-breaking exhibition SHIFT-CTRL (see below). I co-curated ALT+CTRL with Robert Nideffer and Celia Pearce. Pix and more info...


SHIFT-CTRL

Fall 2000. This was the first major North American exhibition to examine how artists work with games, gaming, and related technologies. SHIFT-CTRL included a mix of installations and networked pieces, looking critically yet playfully at how games have been altering social systems as they emerge to occupy cultural center stage. The exhibition's three featured areas--Role-Playing Games and Shared Social Spaces; Evolvable/Emergent Systems; and World Hacks/Rewriting Existing Worlds--included work by such artists as Rebecca Allen; Perry Hoberman; RTMark; Mongrel; Eddo Stern; Natalie Bookchin; Negativland; Jodi.org; Ken Feingold; Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau; Grahame Weinbren; Lisa Brenneis and Adriene Jenik; Janine Cirincione and Michael Ferraro; Jane Prophet, Gordon Selley, and Mark Hurry; Lev Manovich and Norman Klein; and Eric Zimmerman, many of whom have been included in the numerous game art shows that have proliferated in the wake of SHIFT-CTRL. Pix and more info...

The Museum of Forgery

Founded 1991. A virtual institute dedicated to promoting an appreciation of the aesthetics of forgery. A number of the ideas promulgated by the Museum — such as conceptual Photoshop filters or dumping grounds for old art — have since been taken up and implemented by other artists. I am the museum's founder and director. More information about the museum or visit the museum's own website.