SPF8: International Altgames Exhibition

I co-curated a fortnight-long exhibition with James Earl Cox III at Babycastles, New York capturing selected artists’ works from the altgames/experimental games movement from 2012 onwards. Each of the eight games that were featured showcased one of the many aspects of radical experimentation within games.

Exhibition Statement:

Featuring games by artists worldwide, SPF8 is a spotlight on eight freeware, experimental games with peculiar voices and radically innovative styles from the “altgames” movement. Borne out of a convergence of myriad of desires to break free from different aspects of traditional games culture, these games showcase the diversity of this online scene. Described as “punk games” by artists like Zoe Quinn, these games are created by developers, artists, hobbyists from countries as far as Scotland, Russia, and even Australia. The elements these experiences share are short, free, challenge your perceptions about a game and invite interpretation.

Featured Games:

 

  • Lake of Roaches by thecatamites

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  • Blues for Mittavinda by Jack King-Spooner

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  • Oracle/Summon the Apgrod by ceMelusine

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  • Curtain by Llaura Dreamfeeel

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  • duck turnip by Jake Clover

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  • Bernband by Tom van den Boogaart

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  • Moon Valentine by Da Neel

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  • reProgram by Soha Kareem

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