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ON MARCH 13, 2019, PROF. JENNA NG TALKED ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF MACHINIMA. IN HER CELEBRATION TO EPHEMERALITY, SHE ADDRESSED THE TRAJECTORY OF AN ARTFORM SITUATED BETWEEN EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, VIDEO ART, AND GAMING.
GET READY FOR THE SECOND GAME TALK OF THE YEAR, ORGANIZED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL!
In this talk, Jenna Ng will address the explosion of interest in the live streaming of gameplay as witnessed in the popularity of Twitch, whose latest number of daily active users has reached 15 million, as well as other major platforms such as YouTube Gaming, Mixer, and Facebook Live. Specifically, the talk will link the current phenomenon of video game live streams with machinima and its origins in game demos and captured videogame play, arguing not only for live streams to be the next logical evolution for machinima, but also for a critical theorisation of screen media that pursues a realist trajectory, one which potentially works its way from neorealist cinema to drone culture.
Jenna Ng first trained as a finance lawyer in Singapore and London before switching to film studies, in which she obtained a PhD from University College London (UCL), and currently teaches film and interactive media at the University of York, UK. She is the editor of Understanding Machinima: Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2013) and her current book project, Undoing the Screen: Space, Spectacle, Surface (Palgrave), explores the effacing of screen boundaries in relation to contemporary display technologies and the resulting erasure between images, objects, surfaces and spaces.
IL MACHINIMA E IL FASCINO DELL'EFFIMERO: GAMEPLAY, LIVE STREAMS E CULTURA DIGITALE
Nel suo talk, Jenna Ng discute il crescente interesse per il live streaming videoludico attestato dalla popolarità di Twitch, il cui numero di utenti attivi su base quotidiana ha superato i quindici milioni e a cui si aggiungono piattaforme come YouTube Gaming, Mixer e Facebook Live. Secondo Jenna, il fenomeno dei live stream dei videogiochi rappresenta un'evoluzione diretta del machinima e della cultura demo e dei replay. La studiosa propone inoltre un inquadramento teorico dei media a schermo che persegue l’imperativo estetico del realismo collegando il cinema neorealista alla machine vision dei droni. La presentazione è in lingua inglese.
Formatasi inizialmente come avvocato finanziario a Singapore e a Londra, per dedicarsi successivamente alla filmologia, Jenna Ng ha conseguito un dottorato di ricerca alla University College London (UCL). Oggi insegna cinema e media interattivi all'Università di York, nel Regno Unito. Ha curato l’antologia Understanding Machinima: Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2013) e sta lavorando a Undoing the Screen: Space, Spectacle, Surface (Palgrave), che esplora il concetto di bordo in relazione alle nuove tecnologie di visualizzazione e la cesura tra immagini, oggetti, superfici e spazi.
STRIKE FOUR: Lorenzo Mosna will be teaching GAME CAM, a brand new extended workshop in the Master of Arts Program in Game Design at IULM.
Lorenzo Mosna received his B.A. in Cinema, Television and New Media with a Thesis focusing on the relationship between cinema and video games. Since 2007, he has been working as a game and film critic. His contributions have appeared on some of Italy's leading national publications. He was Editor in Chief of the international network Game Reactor and Managing Director of Spaziogames, one of the largest game web magazines in Italy. A Lecturer at IULM University where he teaches Practice and Techniques of Streaming Media, Mosna is also Professor of History and Critique of Video Games at Civica Scuola Luchino Visconti in Milan. Read more about Lorenzo Mosna’s projects here.
GAME CAM focuses on the relationship between the cinematic camera and the virtual camera used in video games and 3D animation. This extended workshop examines the rules of image composition, starting from the notion of cinematic framing to the way in which the conventions of Renaissance painting can be applied to video game graphics. GAME CAM provides an overview of film techniques and their possible uses in digital gaming, drawing a trajectory that begins with Orson Welles and culminates with Hideo Kojima. Particular attention will be devoted to film grammar and editing, in order to develop skills that will allow students to produce a cut scene or a fiction/nonfiction machinima. Students will master advanced editing softwares and apply the rules of filming to a virtual environment. For their final project, participants will create a non-interactive video by appropriating sequences from a video game.
MAY 31 2018/31 MAGGIO 2018
Aula seminari 6:00 - 7:00 pm (18:00 - 19:00)
Università IULM (IULM 1)
Via Carlo Bo, 1
AN EVENT PRESENTED BY THE MASTER OF ARTS IN GAME DESIGN AT IULM UNIVERSITY
FOCI + LOCI
Topos is a long-term WIP and a game art performance combining a two-channel video projection of artist-built game spaces. The piece examines the cultural shift from the mechanized, topographic 20th century to the topological experience of the digital era through virtual, kinetic portraits. Subjects will include modernist artists concerned with time and movement such as F.T. Marinetti, Claude Cahun, Scott Joplin and others. Navigating custom game spaces in real time, the performers will explore the grand shift from the physical to the virtual.
foci + loci evolved through a fascination with the malleability of virtual space paired with an interest in electroacoustic improvisation leading the duo (Chris Burke and Tamara Yadao) to design spaces that could be “played” as instruments. foci + loci received a NYSCA grant for 2013 to develop their full scale game art performance installation ‘Bal(l)ade’. Tamara received an American Composers' Forum grant in 2015 commissioning the music for foci + loci's "Another Kind of Spiral" which premiered at Cluster Festival in Winnipeg with a performance at Centre Georges Pompidou following soon after. Other performances and exhibits include GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY an official exhibition of the 21st Triennale of Milan, Vector Festival in Toronto, Babycastles, The Stone, and Joe's Pub in NYC. For more information, click here.
FOCI + LOCI
Topos è un progetto a lungo termine tutt'ora in fase di sviluppo nonché una performance di Game Art che combina una proiezione a doppio canale con gli spazi videoludici appositamente creati dai due artisti. L'opera tematizza il passaggio dalla cultura meccanica e topografica del ventesimo secolo a quella topologica dell'epoca digitale attraverso ritratti virtuali e cinetici di artisti modernisti che hanno riflettuto su concetti quali tempo e movimento, tra cui F.T. Marinetti, Claude Cahun, Scott Joplin e molti altri. Navigando gli spazi videoludici in tempo reale, i performers mettono in scena la frattura dal fisico al virtuale.
La passione per gli spazi virtuali e l'improvvisazione elettroacustica hanno spinto il duo formato da Chris Burke e Tamara Yadao a progettare degli spazi "suonabili/giocabili" in quanto strumenti. foci + loci ha ricevuto un finanziamento della NYSCA per sviluppare la performance di Game Art "Bal(l)ade". Nel 2015, Yadao ha ricevuto un finanziamento dall'American Composers' per comporre la colonna sonora dell'installazione "Another Kind of Spiral" di foci + loci, presentata ufficialmente al Cluster Festival di Winnipeg e seguita da un'esecuzione al Centre Georges Pompidou. Altre performance del duo includono GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY un evento ufficiale della XXI Triennale di Milan, Vector Festival a Toronto, Babycastles, The Stone e Joe's Pub a New York. Per ulteriori informazioni, cliccate qui.
The aesthetics and politics of video game cinema: IULM University hosts the first edition of the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL.
MILAN - On Friday March 16, 2018 from 6.00 p.m. in the Sala dei 146 (IULM OPEN SPACE) IULM University will host the first edition of the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL, an official event of the Milano Digital Week 2018.
A follow-up to the 2016 exhibition GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY organized by IULM University, this retrospective features a selection of machinima produced by international artists. Situated at the intersection between video games, experimental cinema and videoart, machinima is an audiovisual genre that defies easy categorizations. Artists appropriate and modify pre-existing video games to create visually idiosyncratic experiences.
The first edition of the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL features Tayla Blewitt-Gray (Australia), Alan Butler (Ireland), Jacky Connolly (United States), Thomas Hawranke (Germany), Jonathan Vinel (France), and Eduardo Tassi (Italy) among others. A surprise screening will be announced the day of the festival. By hijacking Grand Theft Auto and The Sims, these filmmakers created digital short films focusing on such themes as sexuality, politics, alienation, creativity, and violence.
Curated by Matteo Bittanti, the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL is presented by Laura Carrera and Gemma Fantacci, students of the Master of Arts in Game Design of IULM.
Sponsored by the City of Milan, Department of Digital Transformation and Public Services, the goal of the Milan Digital Week (March 15-18, 2018) is to give visibility to the driving forces that are reshaping work, free time, learning, and the interplay behind design and production made possible by digital technology, connecting citizens, companies, institutions, universities, and research centers.
LINK: MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL
We are thrilled to announce the release of MACHINIMA. 32 conversazioni sull'arte del videogioco, a new book featuring interviews with international artists using video games to make art. MACHINIMA. 32 conversazioni sull'arte del videogioco expands, in print form, both the exhibition GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY, curated by Matteo Bittanti and Vincenzo Trione in 2016 at IULM University, in Milan, Italy, and the official catalog, released by Silvana Editoriale in June 2016.
The vast majority of the conversations with the artists featured in the show were produced by the students enrolled in the M.A. in Arts, Cultural Heritage and Markets Program at IULM. Topics discussed range from the practice of appropriating games for making art to the artists' approaches to the medium, providing scholars, critics, and artists a set of invaluable resources to better grasp the meaning and practice of machinima.
MACHINIMA. 32 Conversazioni sull’arte del videogioco
Edited by Matteo Bittanti
Release date: March 08, 2017
Features: Softcover, 158 pages, black and white
Format: 15×23 cm, 6×9 inches
Larry Achiampong, Rewell Altunaga, Hugo Arcier, Marta Azparren, Benjamin Bardou, Ashley Blackman, David Blandy, Josh Bricker, Joseph Delappe, Claire Evans, Harun Farocki, Foci + Loci, Anita Fontaine, Chris Howlett, Ip Yuk–Yiu, Hui Wai–Keung, Kent Lambert, Lawrence Lek, Les Riches Douaniers, Miltos Manetas, Marco Mendeni, Victor Morales, Oscar Nodal, Baden Pailthorpe, Paolo Pedercini, Tom Richardson, Philip Solomon, Kent Sheely, Georgie Roxby Smith, Palle Torsson, Michiel Van Der Zanden, Angela Washko, Brent Watanabe.
We are delighted to announce an upcoming art exhibition in Mantua, Italy curated by the Director of GAME/PLAY, Matteo Bittanti:
Curated by Matteo Bittanti
September 7- 11 2016
Cantine di Vincenzo I Gonzaga
Piazzetta Santa Barbara, 46100 Mantua MN
Open every day from 8.15 AM until 19.15 p.m.
Admission: 3 euros
An official event of Festivaletteratura 2016
Official website: travelogue.space
Mantua, August 14 2016 - TRAVELOGUE is a survey of audiovisual artworks made with or inspired by video games. Using machinima and interactive installations, fifteen artists examine the virtual automobile as medium, message, technological commodity, status symbol, interface, and prosthetics. Created through a process of appropriation and remix, these works lie at the intersection of fiction and documentation, performance and simulation, video art and experimental cinema.
TRAVELOGUE takes the viewer for a ride through landscapes that are simultaneously familiar and uncanny, featuring dematerialized vehicles in autopilot mode; glitches, ghosts and algorithms; weapons of mass distraction and feedback loops; sudden acceleration, absolute speed, and endless stasis. Until the inevitable crash.
The exhibition is staged in the Cellars of Vincenzo I Gonzaga, a part of the Gonzaga Palace. Featuring an impressive structure with exposed brick walls and beamed vaulted and barrel ceilings, the space features several rooms covering an area of about eight hundred square meters located in a XV Century building.
Max Almy & Teri Yarbrow
+ Surprise artist