Smithsonian to exhibit videogames as art. Jason Scott Completes GET LAMP. Can this day be any better?
August 19, 2010 3:08 PM Subscribe
The Art of Videogames
, a Smithsonian American Art Museum
exhibit set to open in March 2012, has been featured on CNN today.
But you don't have to wait until 2012 to get your fix of gaming history. CNN has let the cat out of the scanner: our very own Jason Scott
) has finished GET LAMP
. It's now shipping
This is a great moment: MeFites have featured and funded Jason's work previously:
- Jason Scott's BBS Documentary
- GET LAMP is a documentary about Text Adventures
- MC Frontalot "It is Pitch Dark"
- BBS documentary author raises funds to work fulltime on Computer history
- BBS Documentary now online to watch for free
Oh, yeah: the Smithsonian exhibit has been covered in Kotaku
, and elsewhere
. According to the American Art museum, this will be:
"the first [museum exhibit] to examine comprehensively the evolution of video games themselves as an artistic medium. [....] It will include multimedia presentations of game footage, video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, historic game consoles, and a selection of working game systems for visitors to play."
Those of you interested in a more academic viewpoint may wish to start with the work of Nick Montfort
at MIT, who has published the Electronic Literature Collection
, Racing The Beam
: a history of the Atari, and Twisty Little Passages