Machinima/Game Art Workshop: Games as Colors and Light on Canvas

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  • Machinima/Game Art Workshop: Games as Colors and Light on Canvas



  • In the footsteps of machinima making – the use of video and computer games to direct movies with a game engine or in a 3D environment – games can be perceived as a medium and as a raw material for artists to create hybrids artworks from stop motion, video art, experimental cinema, installations; and can be transformed into colors in order to produce a Mash Up, and a totally new original artwork. This workshop aims to transform an object of mass consumption and entertainment into a means of film production and expression. The workshop intends to create hybrid works with students or professionals interested to push the boundaries between the video and computer games and the art world.

    The Machinima Game art workshop aims to address critically video games and art, as installation, performance, digital painting in motion, gaming, interactivity or video. ISEA2019’s themes of light and darkness will drive us to discover and focus on games related to these themes and will allow attendees to play with games of lights and darkness wandering in dark spaces looking for some light created by the moon or the sun or just reflected by a mirror. They will record these gameplay and then create video artworks or installations escaping darkness to find enlighted spaces. Each step of the workshop can enable everyone to fit into a creative process: games wandering and recording, transforming games spaces into set design, video editing, sound mixing. The exhibition of each artwork will constantly be reminded to participants as a core aspect of their creation.

    The workshop begins with a screening of machinima and game artworks. This screening shows the variety of games used to design films or videos, as well as the variety of approaches, from the fan fiction to the most experimental artworks. Following this presentation of machinima and game art screening, the audience discovers different production techniques of machinima, with dedicated softwares like Moviestorm or Iclone and with video games, like GTA for its video editor or any PC games using FRAPS to capture gameplay in real time. The use of independent and experimental games is also highly recommended in order to benefit from the wide diversity of indie game productions.

    In order to facilitate the discovery of indie and experimental games, Isabelle Arvers will present a selection of games focusing on light and darkness like the games : Reflections, Matter, Beyound perception, Lumini, Mirror moon, One and light, Hyper light drifters, Mountain, Penumbra, One hand clapping. Local indie and experimental games will be added to this selection by Isabelle Arvers thanks to her meetings with the local indie game  scene. The hybrid artworks created by the participants to the workshop will be exhibited in ISEA2019 exhibition. They will be presented as video screenings and video installations. The game art/machinima exhibition will be coordinated and curated by Isabelle Arvers with the help of the ISEA2019 team.