[MUD-Dev] RE: eXistenZ

Zak Jarvis zak at voidmonster.com
Wed Jul 19 10:42:54 New Zealand Standard Time 2000

> From: Hans-Henrik Staerfeldt [hhs at cbs.dtu.dk]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2000 2:47 AM

> I would have to disagree with mr. Rushdie on the point
> (that games are not 'truly' art), It sounds like he excludes the
> posibility of interactivity by the spectator in any artform.
>    'DC: But this is really subverting what you want from art.
>         You want to be taken over and you want to be-'
>    'SR:Shown something.'
> I find that opinion rather puzzeling. Am i missing something?

I didn't much agree with them in that interview either (at least on the
subject of what constitutes art). But it's from mid 1995, when it was
easier to be insulated from knowledge of not just the internet, but things
related to computers and games. The film, however, is a really fascinating
exploration of how a game could be art, and it 'gets it' better than most
anything I've seen. It also stretches and seriously plays with the
definition of 'game'.

-Zak Jarvis

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