Moving Art – Literally: Painting + Retro Video Game Mashup

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Walking through an art gallery and looking at all of the beautiful art is an ideal activity in itself for a lot of people, but there are still those out there who think that looking at art is kind of boring. For those people, Brent Watanabe‘s interactive project called FOR(){} might be enough to warrant a trip to the art gallery after all.

His three acrylic paintings are overlaid with a projection of a retro-style custom video game. Passers-by can sit down for a few minutes, pick up a controller, and play around with the game on the canvases.

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According to Watanabe, there is no point to the game. There’s no beginning or ending and the points are all arbitrary. You get the addictive experience of playing a video game, but at the end of the day all you’ve really done is engaged in some pointless (but undoubtedly fun) time-wasting. However, you do get the pride of saying you just spent half the day at an art gallery.

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