On November 10th 2013 the exhibition EMERGENT <IMG> ended which was part of the “B3 Biennale des bewegten Bildes” parcours. With EMERGENT <IMG> at the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt for the first time an interactive exhibition dedicated to the development of figurative narrative and ludic narration of video games was presented.
The exhibition appealed to a wide audience. The tours offered were accepted by all generations with great enthusiasm. If you missed the exhibition you can read the exhibition catalog online here or order a printed copy via the contact form for a fee of 5 Euros plus 4 Euros for the postage.
Richard Garriott’s masterpiece, the role-playing game series “Ultima”, cornerstone of the genre, is displayed in a special exhibition. It shows the complex and innovative fusion of narrativity, interaction, personalization, but also graphics development beginning in the 1980s. Visitors can enjoy the precious collectibles until the 10th of November 2013.
The second main course “Adventure” shows the history of computer based adventure games beginning with Zork, a text-only adventure from the early 1980s and playable on a classic Macintosh computer, over Zauberschloss and Zak McKracken running on a Commodore C64, Zelda on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to Shen Mue from 1999, which can be played on the SEGA Dreamcast console.
Thursday was a busy day at EMERGENT<IMG> / Museum Angewandte Kunst. Visitors of all ages were fascinated by the historic computer games and their immersive strength. Some people got stuck in the Great Underground Empire of Zork while others experienced the many ways to die inside Zauberschloss.
The main course “Simulation”, starting with the very first real-time interactive video game from 1958 “Tennis for Two“, shows the history of tennis simulation games until the year 1999. Including Pong in the 1970s, Atari Tennis in the 1980s and Super Tennis in the 1990s the relation of game mechanics, graphics, realism, player perspective and narrativity are investigated.
Wednesday was the first day of the the EMERGENT<IMG> exhibition at Museum Angewandte Kunst and the only chance to visit the exhibition at night besides today’s tour at 8:30 PM. Congratulations to all people who have so generously contributed time, energy and skills.
All preparations for tomorrow’s grand opening are done. We have set up the exibition EMERGENT<IMG> at Museum Angewandte Kunst (museum of applied arts) Frankfurt for the upcoming B3 biennial of moving images festival. The brochures are also ready. Besides the two main exhibitions there is a special exhibition to be discovered by visitors. We will provide daily updates on the exhibition.