Ansh Patel

experimental art / criticism / spatial memory research

select works


four-part experimental game series interrogating player choice and agency


meta-simulation and critical commentary of the game industry in form of an interactive installation

A Perfect World

degenerative interactive fiction, where every action you take disintegrates both the world and the story’s grammatical structure bit by bit

Skype Heartbreak Show

interactive installation exploring the decay of a long-distance, romantic relationship through the filters of unreliable technology

Synchron Showdown

dancing battle on a light projected colored floor involving teams of two navigating trust through non-verbal communication


installation on the spatial and temporal qualities of film and screen while placing the participant’s eye within a projector

Resounding the City

performance on body language and the psycho-geography of urban spaces

A Play of Colors

digital performance between three dancers playing a game of live physical chess


exquisite corpse made with friends comprised of 6 interactable vignettes

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select writing

Crime Zone (Arcade Review)

On thecatamites’ Crime Zone, hierarchies of systemic power, police and identity through space

Kentucky Route Zero's Musical Centerpiece and the Power of Choice (Paste)

Analyzing Act III of KRZ and how it provides player expressive power to paint their emotions on the canvas of its linear narrative

An Open Field (Unwinnable)

An essay about death, mortality and memories viewed from an ephemeral game

Questioning the 3D Printing Revolution (Model View Culture)

A critical perspective on the techno-utopian ideas of Fabrication Revolution and the continual erasure of the work of the underprivileged communities

Imperialism in the Worlds and Mechanics of First-Person Shooters (Journal of Games Criticism)

academic paper on how imperialist narratives manifests through the mechanics of first-person shooters

Namaste Inc. (The New Inquiry)

On “Namaste” and the pursuit of the authenticity of cultural identity trapped within a globalized narrative

more writing (coming soon)

this is about agency?