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Players at Threshold artspace

By chris

Beverley Hood & First Person

Players is the latest curatorial project of ARC Co-director Iliyana Nedkova for the Threshold artspace. Players has been conceived as Horsecross' year long celebration of computer games and sound toys by contemporary artists. Launched in November 2005, Players has already premiered ten interactive titles and art games by seven artists. For Players, Threshold artspace has been transformed into a digital playground for young and old to engage with some of the best art games around.

spring_alpha: audiography -- the latest release of a Sims-like gameworld by Glasgow based artist, writer and programmer Simon Yuill is showing until 31 May. For fans and newcomers alike, the world premiere of spring_alpha: audiography in Perth also marks the re-launch of the official game website

Simon's exhibition was preceded by the launch of an exclusive Horsecross commission First Person by Edinburgh-based artist Beverley Hood. First Person is a playful take on contemporary game celebrities such as Tomb Raider's Lara Croft and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It also refers to the centuries long tradition of self-portraiture and realism in art. To mark the launch of First Person Sean Cubitt, one of the most visionary writers about digital culture, delivered a keynote talk at the Threshold artspace as part of the international conference Reflections on Creativity.

Iliyana Nedkova is Creative Director, New Media at Horsecross. Image credit: Artist Beverley Hood and her work "First Person", courtesy Horsecross, photographer Eamonn McGoldrick

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