My arcade cabinet has narrowly escaped death at the hands of Babycastles!
I recently received word that the cabinet I had painted in 2010 for the Attract Mode x Babycastles ‘Heavenly Symphony’ show was going to be abandoned/thrown out by Babycastles without my knowledge. Luckily, it was saved by NYU Game Center! I am so happy that they stepped in to give it a new home where it will be safe and have continued use.
The unfortunate part of this news is that I am disappointed but not surprised to hear about its poor treatment from Babycastles. They have previously failed to tell me about my cabinet being vandalized (but were still going to put it in a show) in addition to forgetting to notify me about the shows that it appeared in (I heard second hand it was at the NY Natural History Museum for a night!) This is not ok.
That being said, I am forever grateful for Attract Mode for inviting me to put my work on a functional arcade cabinet. The 'Heavenly Symphony’ show was so cool to be a part of. Without a doubt, that cab has seen some rough times since then but I’m glad its finally come to rest at the NYU Game Center. I cannot thank you enough NYU!
a pic of my of my huge mural for the art show Assalamualaikum Babycastles which just opened on tuesday night! ☆ it’s called “Mahejni,” aka “Crossbred” or “mongrel,” – it’s about 16 feet tall, painted in fluorescent acrylic ink, and lit by eight blacklights ☆☆ it’s about my experience being arab-american / half-white half-arab ☆☆☆
the show is open at Babycastles through august, so if yr around, go see it!!!!! ヽ(๏∀๏ )ﾉ there’s a great writeup/more info on the show here ☆
The Games For Change conference is coming up June 17-19 and although I can’t afford to attend (is a ticket really $560??), I found this great listing by our friends at Babycastles with a listing of their Games of Change Hall of Fame, a curated selection by Syed Salahuddin and Kunal Gupta.
So I participated in a 48 hour game jam (like a 48 hour film fest, you get 2 days to make a game from start to finish based on a theme) this weekend at the Parson’s School of Design at the New School and co-hosted by the Babycastles folks and…
My super weird game won the Jury’s Grand Prize award!!
I’ll post more info on the game later, but for now bask in the glory of this awesome prize with me: A copy of We <3 Katamari signed and doodled on by Katamari and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi.
Takahashi is one of my favorite game designers, so this is now one of the most special things I own.
We’re excited to announce a month-long pop-up arcade at the Ace Hotel!
The Armory Show partnered with the Ace Hotel to put together a free, open to the public installation and we are so excited to have been invited to be a part of this. The exhibit is called Art Video Games in China and was curated by our friend Brian Ma. We’ll be bringing our arcade cabinets of course, and maybe some other stuff too?? We’ll definitely keep you updated in the time leading up to the show.
Dates: March 6-31 2014
Location: The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W 29th Street, New York NY 10001