Vector: Game + Art Convergence, a festival dedicated to showcasing contemporary game based artworks, will be running at four venues over five days from February 20th-24th. Vector will feature exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and round table discussions, all with the intent of creating a critical dialogue about the medium of games and its expressive potential as a contemporary art practice.
As a partner venue for the festival, InterAccess will be presenting Other Worlds (curated by Prostethic Knowledge and mrghosty), an exhibition which addresses digital space as procedural landscape, as well as two evenings of live performance, and several workshops. Rather than creating games where prescribed routes and narratives direct player movement and action, the works featured in Other Worlds position the player as a digital flaneur, who is free to move in any direction they like, while occupying the position of a detached observer. Other Worlds features the Canadian exhibition debut of the The Night Journey, created by Bill Viola and Tracy Fullerton. Other artists in the exhibition include: Luis Hernandez, Alex Myers & Jeff Thompson, Lea Albaugh, Arkane Kids, Ed Key & David Kanaga, Alan Kwan, Cyril Lecomte-Languérand, and Axel Shokk.
In addition to Other Worlds, InterAccess will host two evenings of performances, Playing Personae: Engendered + Embodied Performances, Friday, February 22, 10pm, and Engines of Performance, Saturday, February 23, 10pm, which will feature live performances by Angela Washko, Daniele Hopkins & Kyle Duffield, Toca Loca and foci+loci.
Over the weekend, the InterAccess studio will host two hands-on workshops. On Saturday, Feburary 23rd, local chip musicians, bossFyte, jefftheworld, and .exe, will lead chip.jam, a workshop which introduces lo-fi electronic music production techniques. On Sunday, Feburary 24th, join Vector Co-Director Clint Enns and NYC's notendo for glitch.jam, which focuses on tools for creating glitch art using battery operated video game systems.