Anne-Marie Schleiner

 

Anne-Marie Schleiner

September 24, 2002 7:07 AM - September 25, 2002

EVENT BEGINS: 7:30PM LOCATION: West Hall Auditorium Where does the video game end and real life begin? Schleiner's lecture explores the intersection of these worlds, focusing on two recent projects that use the video game medium to explore everything from the personal to the political. Directions to RPI and West Hall Auditorium: arts.rpi.edu/content/directions.html A female taking on the techno-male gaming and net culture, Anne-Marie Schleiner will present a lecture on two of her most recent projects that incorporate computer game elements with political and personal issues. The more recent of the two, OUT or Operation Urban Terrain (Aug/Sept 2004), is a criticism of the increasing militarization of civilian life in the US and elsewhere since 911. The interactive and stimulating piece consisted of a live action wireless gaming urban intervention that took place during the Republican National Convention. Her second project is titled PS2 Diaries (May 2004). It is described as a therapeutic trip down memory lane, exploring Schleiner's early years growing up in the popular video game The Sims. This piece was shown in a rocket ride in a Mexico City park. Schleiner's work merges artistic expression with gaming and the result is a genus that hits on a unique niche of expression that uses the "parasitic game patch...as a means to infiltrate gaming culture". Her work explores topics such as gender, sexuality, and politics in the typically male-dominated computer gaming culture. ::ARTIST BIO:: For more information on Anne-Marie Schleiner and her work, visit www.opensorcery.net/. Anne-Marie Schleiner is engaged in gaming and net culture in a variety of roles as a writer, critic, curator, and gaming artist/designer . Her work investigates avatar gender construction, computer gaming culture, hacker art and experimental game design. She has curated online exhibits of game mods and add-ons including the exhibits "Cracking the Maze: Game Patches and Plug-ins as Hacker Art", "Mutation.fem", and "Snow Blossom House." She has designed the games Anime Noir and Heaven711. She runs a site focused on game hacks and open source digital art forms called "opensorcery.net" and has been actively involved in the anti-war game performance art initiatives Velvet-Strike and OUT. She has taught at universities and artist workshops and participated in art residencies in Germany, Belgium, Spain and Mexico. She has exhibited online and in the New Museum, NY, The Whitney, Centro de la Imagen Museum, Mexico City, and international galleries, museums and festivals. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at the University of Colorado, Boulder. ::PROJECTS:: OUT (Operation Urban Terrain)—Aug/Sept 2004— For more information on OUT, visit www.opensorcery.net/OUT/. Two women in gear are on the ground. One with a laptop and the other with a projector pointing onto building walls in key locations in the city. They are connected through a mobile wireless bicycle to an online team of five game players located around the world. They intervene on servers in a popular online military simulation game with performance actions carried out by the whole team. The live projections in the city can also be viewed through web cams on the OUT website. OUT is a criticism of the increasing militarization of civilian life that has been implemented in the US and elsewhere since 911. The Patriot Act, surveillance of public libraries, and the increased powers of government to hold citizens in military custody without trial are instances of these increased powers of government instigated by the Bush administration. In an endless spiral war of terror a government is at war with its own citizens, with soldiers in the midst of the fabric of ordinary life, as has been the case for a while in terror alert cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. OUT is an artistic intervention in the public space of online games and cities. OUT is also happening at a moment when the street has become again a viable mode of expression. From Seattle to Cancun activists are using wireless technologies and the web to organize actions and congregate. Dada-like agenda-less mobs have appeared in New York and spread to other cities, In contrast, police at these events are increasingly high tech and cyborgean. They wear the latest riot gear shields and padding and use high tech wireless communication systems. They move in sophisticated crowd control formations. OUT, on the other hand, is a high tech art intervention, art activists with high tech gear and strategy. PS2 Diaries—May 2004— For more information on PS2 Diaries, visit www.opensorcery.net/ps2.htm. A therapeutic trip down memory lane exploring Schleiner's early years growing up in the Sims which changed when she met her best friend in 8th grade Maria from inner Vice City...Script Excerpt: "I grew up in the Sims--in small town middle class suburban Americana, a town in north California called Davis. Most people were very white and educated. And they had nice lawns and rode bicycles a lot. My German grandmother once saw a TV show in Germany about how Davis was the most perfect town in America."
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