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It’s All In the Game: Artists delve into the world of games

A six-week international gaming residency ‘Of Games - II’, curated by Prayas Abhinav and Khoj International Artists Association, had artists delve into the world of games.

Written by Nikita Puri | Updated: September 4, 2014 1:33:55 pm
Participants of the residency; Vinit Nikumbh’s game. Participants of the residency; Vinit Nikumbh’s game.

Game Play I — Mythos by Krishnarjun Bhattacharya

On board — In this board-cum-card game, Delhi-based Bhattacharya introduces characters from mythology and fiction, such as a giant squid god, and RL Stevenson’s Edward Hyde, among others. They travel with players on their journey of chance. Each character comes with his/her own intrinsic dark side.

Take back — Players are invited to face their fears in this fantastical game where things such as rumours and hope play a significant role.

Game Play II — Lost and Found by Shradha Jain

On board — During the residency, Khirkee residents stumbled upon games drawn out on the ground and the walls, courtesy Jain. An advocate of traditional games like hopscotch, Jain wanted to see how people reacted to the games they had forgotten, and how they reacted when it suddenly surfaced. “Even while I was drawing sea horses, fish and rabbits on the walls, children came up and started associating these animals with different stories they had heard, and also made up new ones,” says the NID graduate.

Take back — The project invites audiences to help revive games which on the verge of being forgotten.

Game Play III — Home by Vinit Nikumbh

On board — Architect Vinit Nikumbh’s project is a 3D experience that re-imagines Khirkee in 2025. “The game is a hypothetical scenario of how the place might be. With war refugees, immigrants, and artists, this could be an urban village of diversity. The protagonist of this digitally interactive game talks to the audience and documents experiences of racial disharmony, which eventually leads to a war,” says Delhi-based Nikumbh.

Take back — The experience explores the possibility of hypothetical realities, based on real events in the area.

Game PlaY IV — Even Better than the Real Thing (working title) by Zuleikha Chaudhari

On board — Theatre director Zuleikha Chaudhari presents an archival project with a video of her performance accompanied by multiple audio tracks. She dug up an old court case from pre-Independence era, where a possible imposter claimed to be the prince of Bhawal (in modern day Bangladesh) though he was presumed dead long ago.

Take back — Visualising a place where truth and make-believe converge, Chaudhari enquires into the performative aspect within games and gaming as she invites the audience to become the “imposter”.

Visitors can interact with the artists and see their work today, from 5:30pm onwards. The works will be on view till September 6, at Khoj, S-17 Khirkee Extension. Contact 65655873

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