DESCRIPRION

Conceived as part of the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, Game Club is open from June 28 until December 1 as a free, public game club where visitors can play video games related to the themes of the exhibition.

Video games are arranged in two age groups: 12+ and 18+. Through the interactive and immersive experience video games offer, topics such as survival, alternative utilization of scarce resources, and adaptation to new species and worlds are explored.                                                             

An extensive public program includes a series of Let’s Play events run by artists, art and culture critics, and game studies experts, which will also be live-streamed.

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How to take part

Game sessions are 90 minutes, but if no one is waiting you can play for longer.
If you want to play a video game you are unfamiliar with, please ask a Game Club staff member for help.

Stream

Here we’ve put together materials to help you get ready for a visit to the Museum or to take a deep-dive into the themes of current exhibitions and programs at Garage.

Schedule

Let’s Play. Lawrence Lek: 2065

A series of Game Club events organized as part of the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 will launch with the let’s play session by one of the contributors to the show, artist Lawrence Lek, who will play the 2065 video game of his own authorship

Date
Monday, July 22
Time
19:00–20:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

“Bugs in video games through the artist’s eyes.” A lecture by Sergey Rozhin

A bug is a hilarious and annoying mistake, somewhat of a glitch in a program… But what about looking at them differently? What if using bugs enables the building of alternative relationships with computer games?

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Date
Saturday, September 28
Time
19:30–21:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

Public talk with Hideo Kojima

As part of the Game Club program accompanying the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, Hideo Kojima will present the game Death Stranding—a new Kojima Productions product. The legendary game designer and celebrity will speak about the world of the game as well as the mechanics and ideas behind its creation.

Date
Friday, October 4
Time
19:30–21:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Letsplay by Dasha Nasonova and Dima Vesnin: “Minecraft as an Ecological Horror”

The natural landscapes of “sandboxes” are often used as a space for reconstructing scenarios of sustainable development, as if the demonstration of virtual voxel wind generators and solar panels is supposed to turn the gamers’ attention to environmental issues. However, here lies the main contradiction between the representation of an ecosystem and the mechanics of “sandboxes”. This letsplay-format lecture by Dasha Nasonova and Dima Vesnin will explain how to distinguish between game and real types of ecology, what kind of problems are promoted by popular games, and which recently developed video games cultivate a more realistic idea of ecology.

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Date
Sunday, October 6
Time
16:00–17:30
Place
Garage Auditorium

Artist talk and let's play by Lu Yang

As part of the public program for The Coming World and Garage Digital Program, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents artist Lu Yang’s latest work, a video game The Great Adventure of Material World. Following the presentation, Lu Yang will discuss her creative process with the work, the connection between this latest work and her previous artworks, and the sequence of creative ideas that she has developed over the past few years.

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Date
Thursday, October 17
Time
19:30–21:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

Public Talk by Jose Sanchez “Architecture for the Commons”

In a time of a proliferation of neoliberal agendas, it has become necessary to understand the forces and infrastructures that can create an opposition. “Architectures for the Commons” is the construction of a design framework that emphasizes the open source cooperation of architects with a community at large, utilizing socially enabled technology to accelerate the proliferation of value for the multitudes.

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Date
Sunday, November 3
Time
19:30–21:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

100 Games on Ecology. Postlecture and workshop

Artist Lena Klabukova believes that currently there are no inspiring strategies in the ecological discourse and proposes engaging with recycling and the overproduction of ideas with help of video games.

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Date
Sunday, November 10
Time
14:00–18:00
Place
The Coming World Game Club

“Kojima the Philosopher: Evolution of ideas from the very first game to Death Stranding”. A lecture by Alexander Vetushinsky

Soon after the release of Death Stranding—a new, intriguing and apparently metaphysical, video game by Hideo Kojima, Alexander Vetushinsky will discuss the philosophic challenges Kojima is addressing by his work and his unique ways of responding to them.

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Date
Friday, November 15
Time
19:30–21:00
Place
Garage Education Center

Eco Jam Hackathon

As part of The Coming World Game Club accompanying the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 and Garage Digital program, Garage invites artists, developers, and game designers to take part in Eco Jam—a hackathon dedicated to the creation of video games or prototypes of games addressing the themes raised by the show.

Date
November 23–24
Place
Garage Education Center

“Landscape as a witness, landscape as interface.” A lecture by Daria Kalugina

Starting new game, we often find ourselves stranded on the shore of the unknown landscape. The map is covered with fog, that gradually goes away as we familiarize ourselves with the surroundings.

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Date
Friday, November 29
Time
19:30–21:00
Place
Garage Glass Room

Addiction to Becoming, Addiction to Non-Becoming. Performance by Sofa Skidan

The artist offers participants a physical experience that will immerse them in a denser present. In a complex and rapidly changing world of multiple truths and post-truths we often need a pause—a refuge that would allow us to explore ourselves on a new level—a level different from our everyday but addressing the workings of memory.

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Date
Saturday, November 30
Time
19:00–20:00
Place
The Coming World Game Club

Linking to the Skin: Sasha Puchkova’s Speculative Concilium

Performance and expanded discussion for the Game Club section of The Coming World.

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Date
Sunday, December 1
Time
17:00–19:30
Place
Garage Education Center