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16. January 2014 - 13:00 - 16. March 2014 - 23:00

Art & Arcade

Arcade video machines are cult. They first appeared in the United States and Europe in the 1970s, as a new variation on the traditional ‘penny arcades’.  Classics such as Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and Tron marked the heyday of electronic video games. Many successful games were later released for use on PCs and video game consoles and thus accelerated the spread of home computers. Many artists use arcade video machines as an artistic medium. Not only do they program arty computer games, they also turn the machines themselves into art objects and installations. The artists convert their machines, pimping them up with new functions, creating new game worlds, playing around with the 8-byte aesthetic and transforming games culture into art.

The exhibition at the House of Electronic Arts Basel simulates a ‘video game arcade’ with seven artistic arcade-machines from all over the world ("Painstation", "PentaPong", "The Machine", "Radical ATM", "Tesla Arcade", "Cage was a n00b" & "Racer"), combined with other works of JODI, Evan Roth, and Hussein Chalayan. Visitors can, of course, not only admire the best of artists’ video arcade creations but also play them.

Curated by Alain Bieber

Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 15, 19.00h
With a word of welcome from Sabine Himmelsbach, director of HeK, and an introduction by Alain Bieber, curator of this exhibition.

Opening hours of the exhibition: 
we-fr 15-20h, sa/su 13-20h

Guided Tours
Every Sunday, 3p.m.: public guided tour of the exhibition (19.01. \ 26.01. \ 02.02. \ 09.02. \ 16.02. \ 23.02. \ 02.03. \ 09.03. \ 16.03.)

Every Thursday, 6p.m.: guided tour with after-work drinks (16.01. \ 23.01. \ 30.01. \ 06.02. \ 13.02. \ 20.02. \ 27.02. \ 06.03. \ 13.03.)

Special Program for the Basel Museums Night on January 17, 2014
18-22h Workshops for kids with recycling@rt. Build your own toy out of electronic scrap.

23h Museums Night - Afterparty: An All Out 8bit Arcade Adventure
18.30h / 19.30h / 20.30h / 21.30h / 22.30h / 23.30h: Guided tours
Videos of some of the arcades:

Pentapong @ Play it yourself - Studio 13/16 - Centre Pompidou from djeff on Vimeo.