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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 ☆

photo credit: aymann ismail / ANIMALNewYork)

We’re back with some more information about our Art Video Games in China curation at the Ace Hotel!

Games: Fish by Yi Wang, The Well by Peng Bi Tao, Cloudland by Huang Tianxiao, Mad World by Buran Deng

Curator: Bryan Ma with assistance from Amanda Chung, Wesley Bao

Opening: March 6th 6-8PM (free! all ages!)

Dates: March 6th - 31st

Location: The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W29th Street, New York NY 10001

Tomorrow, June 6th at Babycastles Gallery…

~~Martha Hipley, Syed Salahuddin, Ari Spool and G Lucas Crane are growing by leaps and bounds! Celebrate their GEMINI BIRTHS AND RASTA BANANA FANDOM!~~~~~

Enjoy the musical stylings of:

ⓙⓔⓡⓡⓨ ⓟⓐⓟⓔⓡ, a very chill large-size rasta banana, playing 100% new tunes!!

ⓟⓡⓘⓝⓒⓔ ⓡⓐⓜⓐ, two fair rasta banana princesses, DJing 100% hot sex dance tunes!!

ⓗⓔⓐⓣ ⓢⓒⓐⓛⓔ, a blog-style rasta banana, DJing 100% smooth sex dance tunes!!

It’s all happening at the NEW Babycastles Gallery on 14th Street on the magical fairly isle of Manhattan.


Babycastles’ current exhibition is ASSALAMUALEIKUM BABYCASTLES, which you can read more about here!

$5 entry to support our musical guests and lovely staff!!


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.

Their selections are:

Hidden Agenda, a 1988 DOS game found here.

Lim, an online game by Merritt Kopas.

Papers, Please by Lucas Pope, photo above, where you act as an immigration inspector. For Mac or PC.

Vigilance, by Martin Le Chevallier, from 2001, for Mac and PC, that lets you play as the security guard in a camera booth watching crimes committed in public and allowing you to take action (or not).

Wait, by Lindsay Grace, who we profiled in the original Punk Arcade exhibit with his game Big Huggin’. In this game, the player is encourage to slow down, smell the roses, and play very minimally.

These and 5 more honorable mentions are listed in the Hall of Fame. Find out more and give them a try!

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. 


Photos from the launch party for When Google Met WikiLeaks by Julian Assange are up now on the OR Books Facebook page

Thanks to all for coming out, to Babycastles for offering up their incredible space, and to courtneydudley for taking photos. 

Learn more about the book and order your copy here

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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