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La Région Decentralized (2012)

82.7 MB Zip Archive, Mac & PC game application

In the 1971 experimental landscape film, La Région Centrale, atop a remote mountain in North Quebec, artist Michael Snow shot his footage with a camera attached to a robotic arm programmed to never rotate the same way twice. The result of the camera's programatic movement oscillates between moments of representation and abstraction, overwhelming the viewer's everyday sense of landscape with a cosmic and non-human perspective of space and time.

La Région Decentralized is an infinite, self-playing video game remix of Snow's seminal film by new media artist Rick Silva. In this piece, Silva digitally recreates the setting of the original film within a virtual game environment. Unlike the original film which runs only 180 minutes, the video game never reaches a conclusion. Silva's use of new media technology not only builds upon Snow's ideas by removing the everyday sense of fixed horizons, and movement through space and time, but also subverts the playability of video games.

Download Archive

After downloading the zip file, unarchive to release the files. Select the appropriate version for your computer (Mac or PC), and double click to launch the La Région Decentralized application.

About the Artist

Rick Silva is a new media artist whose recent works explore landscape, remix and glitch.

Silva's work has been shown in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Transmediale (Germany), Futuresonic (U.K.), and Sonar (Spain). His art and research has been supported through grants and commissions from places such as Turbulence, Rhizome, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He has performed live multimedia works in London at E:VENT Gallery, Tokyo at The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, and throughout North America including the Software Cinema Festival in Houston, Texas. His work has been recognized by major media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian UK, Liberation, El Pais, and The CBS Evening News.

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