In this hybrid documentary format that investigates the sustained (and widespread) impact of video games on contemporary Pop culture, Ramrocki and Strawhand draw connections between such cultural phenomena as the demo-tape scene, machinima film or 8-bit chiptune music, the game theory and aesthetic retro-trends in contemporary arts and fashion design, and portray some of the field’s main protagonists and their aesthetic strategies. With Cory Arcangel, Bit Shifter, Bodenständig 2000, Bubblyfish, Mary Flanagan, Alex Galloway, Glomag, Paul Johnson, John Klima, Johan Kotlinski, Nullsleep, Joe McKay, Tom Moody, Akiko Sakaizumi, Eddo Stern, Teamtendo, Treewave and Carlo Zanni.
What Is Circuit Bending?
Wow and flutter-type clip-documentations from New Yorker, Derek Saybel, who describes Circuit Bending – the individual modification of mass-produced electronic instruments – as a counter-cultural phenomenon. Circuit Bending can equally be considered as global resentment of the increasingly widespread digitalisation of the means of cultural production, and as a critical reaction to a society that is ever more radically conditioned by consumer electronics and prescriptive formulas for their use. A non-commercial and decidedly nerdy network of international activists, which originated at the New York BENT Festival, now stays in touch across the globe via workshops, blogs and festivals.