Computer games in a museum? At Aachen’s Ludwig Forum visitors can currently transform themselves into whatever they want or fight duels with pixelated swords.
OXO, Pong, Pac Man, Tetris, Pokémon, Mario, The Sims, Counter Strike – do you remember any of these games? In the meantime, the digital gaming landscape has gone through enormous changes. Today, computer games are produced with budget extravagance comparable to that of Hollywood blockbusters, and millions of gamers around the world are measuring their skills with each other in the arena of so-called eSport.
Since the mid-1990s, artists have been turning their attention to computer games, seeking to exploit their potential as artistic material or exploring their influences on culture.
The Aachen exhibition is designed to be fun, but also to explore and highlight the significance of digital games as a medium, and the phenomenon of playfulness itself. A selection of digital games and interactive installations will be on show, inviting young visitors, in particular, to participate, experience and reflect.
Until 6th May 2018
Digital Games – Art and computer games
Ludwig Forum for International Art
Jülicher Str. 97-109
Open Tue-Sun 10am – 5pm
Admission free for guests aged 21 and under
Thursdays only: admission free for all