Chispitas // Anne-Marie Schleiner and Luis Hernandez Opening: Thursday March 29, 2007, 8:30 p.m. Galeria Sector Reforma, Guadelejara, Mexico
Chispitas is an exhibit of experimental game art pieces by Luis Hernandez and Anne-Marie Schleiner, and collaborators of theirs. Included is an arcade-like interactive sculpture "Corridos" a car driving music game inspired by the Mexican/US Border. Also showing is "Oversaturation", an abstract game rooted in Mexico City's urban problematics, and "Heaven711" a hip hop poetry game in four languages. Chispas also shows a number of "Machinima" remixed game art videos, such as "Riot Gear for Rollartista", a series of short videos dealing with European police abuse of Islamic immigrants, shown on small screen PSP's. Some other pieces are OverMachinima and OUT, an urban intervention in America's Army. "Chispitas", a name suggested by guest curator Rene Hiyashi, is a variation of slang for Mexican game arcades, which are popular spaces of play and public social interaction in many parts of Mexico.