September 27, 2004

ALT+CTRL upcoming

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 11:37 am

“ALT+CTRL: A Festival of Independent and Alternative Games” will be at UC Irvine’s Beall Center for Art and Technology from October 5th to November 24th. I’ll be around to be part of a panel of First Person contributors on October 5th, and also for the opening on October 7th. I’m looking forward to seeing folks there! (More info follows.)

Beall Center for Art and Technology


ALT+CTRL: A Festival of Independent and Alternative Games

October 5 – November 24

In October 2000, the Beall Center for Art and Technology’s inaugural exhibition, “SHIFT-CTRL Computers, Games and Art,” recognized computer games as a richly expressive medium. As an indie carry-forward, ALT+CTRL is a newly initiated biennial festival celebrating experimentally minded game artists and showcasing some of the most innovative new concepts in game genres, designs, methodologies, and game play.

Over 20 works will be shown, including modded games, hot-rodded game machines, net-based games, and installations. A special screening of machinima films will also be included; these films, made “on location” in various games, highlight the sheer inventiveness with which game artists are expanding their field.

To kick off the exhibit, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Celia Pearce, and Simon Penny will give a public lecture about gaming. Wardrip-Fruin, Pearce, and Penny are contributors to First Person: New Media as Performance, Story and Game (MIT Press, 2004).

Public lecture noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Opening reception 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7.
Gallery hours noon – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday, and noon – 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday

Exhibition and Reception: Beall Center for Art and Technology
Public Lecture: Humanities Instructional Building, room 135
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Auriea Harvey and MichaŽl Samyn; Brody Condon; c-level; collapsicon; delire and pix; Eddo Stern; gameLab; Geoffrey Thomas; Indie Game Jam; Maia Engeli and Nina Czegledy; Molleindustria; Nick Montfort; Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Josh Carroll, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenless, and Andrew McClain; Olaf Val Mignon; Pappy Boyington; Rebecca Cannon; RSG; THE JAB; yumi-Co

REDO/UNDO The custom exhibition environment features internationally acclaimed graffiti artists AERO, EQUIS, HEX, HUGE, LOOK, MAC, NYSE, PERSUE, POSH, PUSH, RETINA, REVOK, SEVER, SILOE, SURGE, WISE, WITNES, ZANE

The festival co-organizers are Robert Nideffer, Antoinette LaFarge, and Celia Pearce.† Nideffer and LaFarge are both UC Irvine Associate Professors of Digital Media and were the co-curators of the extremely successful 2000 exhibition SHIFT+CTRL that brought together a selection of contemporary game art for the first time in a U.S. exhibition. Pearce was responsible for “Entertainment in the Interactive Age,” a 2001 conference on game design and culture at USC.

ALT + CTRL was juried by Nideffer, LaFarge, Pearce, and an outside panel of jurors from the independent game scene, including Rebecca Cannon, Drew Davidson, Erkki Huhtamo,†Paul Marino (who led the jurying for the machinima works), Jeannie Novak, Warren Spector, and Eric Zimmerman.

ALT + CTRL is a joint project of the Game Culture & Technology Lab, The Beall Center for Art and Technology, and Cal-(IT)2, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, Irvine.

ALT+CTRL was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Beall Center for Art and Technology, the Department of Studio Art, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine.

University of California, Irvine
712 Arts Plaza, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

Tuesday – Wednesday, 12:00-5:00
Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 – 8:00

The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.
For more information, call (949) 824-4339 or visit

3 Responses to “ALT+CTRL upcoming”

  1. Ian Bogost Says:

    So, what games are they exhibiting?

  2. noah Says:

    Good question. I don’t see that info on their website. I know that I’m showing Screen and Nick is shoing Dead Reckoning — but otherwise I don’t have any more info than is in the post above.

  3. nick Says:

    I will not actually be present in my very own human body, but I’m glad that Dead Reckoning will be shown and that Andrés Viedma Peláez and the Spanish interactive fiction community will get some visibility and recognition. I’m looking forward to hearing about the event from you, Noah. Good luck with the talk, too.

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