Karl Zechenter: Frontiers as a Game for Social Change

Thursday February 17th 2011, 4:42 am
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On February 10, PAVILION UNICREDIT hosted Frontiers as a Game for Social Change, an artist talk held by Karl Zechenter, one of the members of the group gold extra (A). The event took place in the frame of the exhibition Utopia of Exotic.

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“The revolution will not be televised - instead it’ll come with a game pad” - The computer-game Frontiers by the Austrian artist group gold extra lets its players experience European border zones performing the roles of refugees or border guards respectively. The game allows for a new perspective in an artistic and gaming context: Frontiers modifies the shooter-genre and lets its players face the question just how much reality they can afford within a computer-game. Purposefully put between the functionality of games and the approach of fine arts, Frontiers is presented e.g. in the permanent exhibition at ZKM Karlsruhe. One of the producers of the game, Karl Zechenter, speaks in his lecture about researching and developping the game, the context of political games and the techniques of modding as seen in Frontiers.

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Karl Zechenter (*1972) lives in Salzburg (A), studied literature and political sciences and works as a movie director and curator.


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